Chess: A Musical by Tim Rice Featuring ArtsWest Aprentices
* Additional fees apply.
All offers for Chess have expired.
The last date listed for Chess was Saturday July 27, 2013 / 7:30pm.
Currently at ArtsWest:
- Full Price:
- Our Price:
Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
view more less of this review
Being very familiar with this production from years ago, I booked with high expectations, only to learn on the day of the show that it was an "ArtsWest Apprenticeship" program production (young/teen actors). Nevertheless, it turned out reasonable. Chess is a tough musical, be it the "all sung" West End or the "more spoken" Broadway rendition. In short, the great Tim Rice lyrics matched to an Abba-score was fairly good (good keyboards!), tho often overshadowing the young voices trying to make themselves heard. Dancing ensemble / choreography was good, well rehearsed, the limited stage well managed, lighting good. Which bring us to the acting/singing. Florence (Chelsey) carried the show, was head and shoulders above the rest (quite literally), towering over the American Freddy (Ryan), who has an um... unusual voice. The Russian player Anatoly (Sebastian) was one of the weaker links in the chain. His wife Svetlana (Sarah) did well under the circumstances, and the Arbiter (Moriel) made a pretty good debut here. Shoutouts to Madam Molokov (Victoria) who has a great voice but smaller role here, and the very young Walter (Duncan), who did his best with a very demanding role.
Starring Moriel Behar, Victoria Felix, Ryan Floresca, Chelsea Gilpin, Sebastian Hulburt, Sarah Uptagrafft, Duncan Weinland with Kaylin Bryant, Natalia Fandel, Alana Gwilym Tso, Lauren Jaech, Cameron Lee, Max Lopuszynski, Addison Turner, Morgan Gwilym Tso and Callum McCaffrey.