The Dresser: San Jose Rep Presents Classic British Backstage Drama
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One of the best performances I have ever seen. Overall the play is excellent (well deserving of its Tony nomination). James Carpenter, as The Dresser, gives a superb, unforgettable performance. Peter O'toole could not have done better. In San...continued
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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.