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2.3 / 5 Rated by 61 members
Review from Rodney Anderson
Red Velvet 444 events 335 reviews

Painful to watch. I couldn't help but think what was that all about? These were not likeable characters. Thankfully the playwright has improved since he wrote this.

reviewed Jan 20 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Joe R.
Red Velvet 265 events 178 reviews

A producton that generated little interest, few laughs, boring music and a potential story that never develops! Fair to poor production values with two badly cluttered scenes. Actors worked very hard with over directred values throughout. I now...continued

reviewed Jan 13 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Barry R.
Red Velvet 131 events 89 reviews

A bit hard to follow in places and enjoyably psychotic in others, overall fun and funny. ANYTHING with Gregory Wallace is worth seeing!!!!

reviewed Jan 13 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Denise M.
Red Velvet 136 events 80 reviews

Disappointing, though some great efforts by the actors. Not up to ACT's usual standards, I'm sorry to say.

reviewed Jan 13 2009 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“A bitingly funny satire by one of our theater’s most inventive playwrights.”_ -The New York Times_
“As pure comedy, Rich and Famous is like a funhouse maze.” _-Newsweek_

Description

Playwright Bing Ringling yearns to savor the sweet taste of celebrity, and he’s hoping play number 844 will be his lucky break. But on opening night, Bing slips into a nightmarish phantasmagoria that shows him just how wrong things can go. From the ingenious mind of John Guare, who brought Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves to the American stage, Rich and Famous springs to life with twisted humor, rapid-fire dialogue, and outrageous songs scribed by Guare himself.

John Rando (A.C.T.‘s Urinetown, The Musical and Broadway’s The Wedding Singer) directs this newly revised, delicious dark comedy in its first major revival since its 1976 New York debut. Brooks Ashmanskas, who was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and has appeared in The Producers and Gypsy_, takes on the role of Bing, starring alongside Mary Birdsong (_Reno 911! on Comedy Central, Hairspray on Broadway), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray and Into the Woods on Broadway), and A.C.T. core acting company member Gregory Wallace (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Government Inspector).

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