The Dresser: San Jose Rep Presents Classic British Backstage Drama
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The last date listed for The Dresser was Tuesday February 1, 2011 / 7:30pm.
Currently at San Jose Repertory Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $42.00 - $49.00
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- $21.00 - $24.50
In a quintessential American restaurant, two people meet, fall in love and begin the messy process of creating a life together. From birth to that inevitable last course and every corn dog, calamari and Cadillac margarita in between, a potluck of characters' lives fly by like short order fare as five generations experience joy, heartache, love and loss. Expect humor and heartache in this award-winning off-Broadway hit by Dan LeFranc (Sixty Miles to Silver Lake), which earned him the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. Learn More
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“A stirring evening [that] … burns with a love of the theatre that conquers all … Perfectly observed, devilishly entertaining backstage lore.” —The New York Times
by Ronald Harwood
directed by Rick Lombardo
starring James Carpenter and Ken Ruta
It’s 1942 in Britain and the smell of death is in the air. The sirens howl, signaling another air raid, but inside the crumbling walls of a regional theatre in the provinces the aging actor, Sir, prepares to give his 227th performance as King Lear. Norman, Sir’s devoted, fuss-budget dresser, is barely able to take care of himself but faithfully assists Sir in near feudal servitude, massaging his ego, pampering his intellect and even creating sound effects for the Shakespearean production by Sir’s struggling troupe. This touching and poignant tribute to theatre, friendship and the human spirit in the face of great strife – be it war or one’s own debilitating mortality – proves that “the show must go on.”
The Dresser was first presented in Manchester, England, in 1980. It opened on Broadway the next year and was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for Best Play.