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For NYC Theatergoers: Put The Drowsy Chaperone on your must-see list

For NYC Theatergoers: Put The Drowsy Chaperone on your must-see list

May 8th, 2006, 07:28 AM
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My compliments TarheelsInNj for your well written comments about The Drowsy Chaperone. In words perhaps better than mine, you have gotten across what the show is all about.
And I totally agree with your comments: 1. that it is best for an "insider"; 2. that it should not be a person's first Broadway show; 3. that it achieves what it sets out to do, entertain!
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May 8th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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Thanks HowardR. I do hope everyone will take these opinions and reviews (mine included!!) with a giant grain of salt, as they are opinions only.

Also, not sure if this is important to my "review", but since it has been brought up- I'm in my 20s.
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May 8th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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Given the hypocritical proclivities of the "over the hill" usual suspects, that is good to know, Tarheels.

Drowsy is on my list, after The Wedding Singer. Gotta love "insider" comedy!

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May 8th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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This is almost as good as "traveling with kids" or poiltical discussions.


=D> \/ =D> \/ =D> \/

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May 8th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Gekko's are green - right?
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May 8th, 2006, 10:18 AM
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When someone logically and intelligently explains their reasoning, turn the argument to bashing them for being "old". How original and clever.

Thank goodness not ALL younger people these days think it's "in" to be rude and nasty or to degrade people for their age. I guess I just have to learn to live with the ones who do.

Yes, Margo, obviously they are.
May 8th, 2006, 01:10 PM
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Bugs weighing in here. By the way, what is old? The older I get the younger old feels. And I feel young. And 30 is the new 20, right? So someone who is 10 hasn't even been born yet? If you are immature do you deduct 5 years? But, I digress..

I very rarely agree with critics, and sometimes I hate a show and then 2 weeks later, after I have digested it, I like it more and more.

I was the first to bash Wicked when it either first opened or was in previews & I got attacked on this forum for it. I still feel that it is a blatant tourist vehicle with all the special effects, bells & whistles required to gain a mainstream audience. While listing to yet another ho-hum song in the 2nd act, I actually had to be reminded that it was NOT a Disney production. So shoot me.

I have not seen Drowsy Chaperone but will report back on June 16th. If anyone is interested, I will also give my opinion on the following upcoming theater for which we have tickets:
Awake & Singing, Faith Healer, Well, Festen, History Boys, Martin Short:Fame Becomes Me, and assorted off-Broadway.

For a review of what I have seen recently, read on, or skip the rest of this post.

Tarzan - just gag me already with the Disney crap. The set was boring and the swinging monkey people were tiring after an hour. And why do the parents die in every single Disney story?

Three Days of Pain - says it all.

Three Penny Opera - My two cents says it is worth it just to see Alan Cummings do what he does best--make you all uncomfortable and squirmy in your seat. He is just obscene and delightful. Critics hated it, but then what do the old fogeys know about Cyndi Lauper anyway! She rocks. And that old man, Jim Dale is perfect.

Shining City - was a bit dull, but heavy thinkers and believers in therapy will have a good time with this one. I just wanted to see Oliver Plath sweat on stage. And, he does. Martha Plimpton had no part and made little to no impact. Liked her better in Suburbia.

Wedding Singer - just plain fun and nostalgia. Gekko, you may be too young to remember the 80's big hair and shoulder pads. Might want to leave this one to the adults. Corny, cheesy, tacky--just like the 80's. You can have a drink & a big meal before this one and still stay awake. Just laugh and go with it.

Barefoot in the Park - like walking on glass barefoot in the park. What were they thinking? Cringe worthy. Poor Amanda. Not her fault, producers should have seen in rehearsal that she is too small to carry this part.

Bridge & Tunnel - One woman show that is just a pleasure. Worth the toll. Saw it at Culture Club pre-broadway. Great talent here.

Caine Mutiny - Ross, I mean Schwimmer, almost loses that boyish charm, but not quite. He could have thrown a little more weight into the part, but I think he did a pretty damn good job. First act set up was very wordy and I nodded a bit. Second act was explosive, and I ate it up. I think they could have done a bit more with the courtroom sets, but then I don't know how much they had to pay Ross now that he is paying child support to Rachel.

LeStat - should stay buried. Read the script and listened to the music pre-production and was left speechless. Could not find any positive words to present to the client. Holy crypt. Didn't they learn from Dracula? Leave the dead alone!

Pajama Game - Harry Connick Jr. without a shirt. 'Nuf said.

Jersey Boys - Bought the t-shirt. Bought the CD. Bought a 2nd set of tickets. Go! And take an old person. You know, someone who is young enough to remember music on vinyl. Another one not hip enough for Gekko.

Okay, my arthritis is kicking in. No more typing. And my pill reminder alarm just went off......
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May 8th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Oh, and bughusband just added:

"It is essential for every theater lover to see a wide variety of theater. Some good, some not so good. But, if you don't see anything bad, how will you ever learn to appreciate the good?"

And you can't pick on him, he does not post on this board. Too old to see it, font is too small.
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May 8th, 2006, 01:20 PM
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Ahhh, I just love some good reading when I get home, lol.

Bugswife, you're too funny!
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May 8th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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bugswife, so true! And I must admit, this season that statement seems more true than ever- I still haven't recovered from The Blonde in the Thunderbird, much less In My Life or Lennon!
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May 8th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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Thanks for the laughs bugswife!

Tell bugshusband that if he holds down the control key and rolls the wheel on the mouse, it will make the font larger or smalller.
May 8th, 2006, 01:37 PM
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Bless you, bugswife!
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May 8th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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Thanks for the humor & reviews, bugswife. I'll quote a movie you probably haven't seen: "Don't you go dyin' on me now!"

I'm not too young to remember the '80's and hope to enjoy The Wedding Singer (although I'll have a tough time not picturing Adam Sandler).

(In fact, in April of 1988, my dad took me to see Phantom with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, which I'll never forget. And, if I recall correctly, the Times gave Phantom a horrible review back then. So much for critics.)
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May 8th, 2006, 02:02 PM
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Three Days of Pain, huh?

Bugswife, is it too late to tell you I changed my mind, I don't want those tickets you got me, and tear up my check?

Only kidding. A little pain never hurt anyone. Maybe double the Robroy's before I go? And if what your husband said is true, I may REALLY learn to appreciate the good theatre after that experience.
May 8th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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Oh my god! So cool..Like an acid trip. Rolling the wheel. Big letters, small letters, bigger letters, wee letters. fun fun fun.

And speaking of Wee. I completely forgot:
The Lieutenant of Inishmore. The tale of Wee Thomas. Laugh-out-loud insanely funny. Just plain stupid funny. Please put that on your must see list.
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May 8th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Agreed, bugswife! Lieutenant is a riot. My husband and I saw it right after we returned from our first trip to Ireland, which made it even better! But the show is not for the faint of heart- it is very, very bloody (I hid my eyes quite a bit!).
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May 8th, 2006, 02:26 PM
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Playbill is offering discounts on the play - Lt. from Inishmoor.
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May 8th, 2006, 02:32 PM
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Bugswife: I don't know when you last saw Caine Mutiny, and maybe it hasn't improved as much as it could - only curious because my daughter (24, english/theater major) was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to the last 'dress rehearsal' and again last night to the I guess official opening - she thought many improvements had been made since she the first time she saw it and saw many of those improvements in Schwimmers performance.

What she told me was she thought the pace, movement, momentum, all improved and that Schwimmer had lost some of his "ross" movements she'd seen initially and had more depth in his performance - .....all comments of course from a 24 yr old amature theater critic but she's usually fairly tough ! Parents who are theater lovers beware: this is the risk you take when you begin taking your child to the theater, all types of theater,, anywhere and everywhere since they were 5 - they may get hooked, major in it, and begin telling you why something is good or not as they roll their eyes

She is encouraging me to see it next time I visit, which I likely will - and now adding Drowsy Chaperone - thanks Howard ! I'll have to ask her her take on that one.
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May 8th, 2006, 02:36 PM
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Saw Caine Mutiny on Saturday. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. It just doesn't pack the punch of say, Twelve Angry Men.
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May 8th, 2006, 03:52 PM
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escargot, your comments about your daughter brought back many fond memories. I was raised in New Haven, which used to get most of the tryouts of major shows coming to Broadway. Happily, my parents started taking my brother and me to the theater at a very early age, and we indeed did see a lot of the great (and some not so great) ones before they went to Broadway and developed a great love of the theater which continues on today.
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