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The Dinner Party
a Comedy
CATEGORY :
by Neil Simon

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 1610

SHOWING : May 05, 2006 - May 13, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Three divorced couples are unwilling dinner guests at an upscale Paris restuarant - thanks to their conveniently absent host. Neil Simon at his sophisticated and bittersweet best. All tickets are only $10.00 each. Complimentary Starbucks coffee and cake served at each performance.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Barbara Joanne Rudy
Stage Manager Lark Hylton
Albert Jeffrey Bigger
Andre Rial Ellsworth
Mariette Phyllis Giller
Yvonne Vicki Kaeberlein
Gabrielle Diane LeGrand-Hail
Claude Brad Rudy
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REVIEWS

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good coffee
by feather
Friday, May 19, 2006
3.0
i went to go see the infamous brad rudy. wow he is a decent actor. i wouldnt have guessed that. he is classy and has a nice touch of wit. on the other hand, the hapless jeff bigger is a boorish bore. jeez what a ham. okay, okay, ill stop there. overall this is an okay show. not nael simons best. but coffee at intermission is to die for. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Thanks by Dedalus
Thanks for your kind words. I always say, if you can't surprise someone, you might as well trade in the stage for an abacus and become a CPA.

That being said, I have this strange compulsion to defend Jeffrey (probably because he's usually the 1st one to defend me against the CSN folk who find me a little hard to take). It's sometimes a very fine line between a hammy actor going over the top and a good actor finding opportunities in an over-the-top character. Very often, the same performance can get both reactions from different people, so your reaction is understandable and defensible. In this case, though, I believe the over-the-top groundwork Jeffrey laid in Act One paid off in Act Two -- when we got to the serious stuff, his "best thing she ever did for me" monologue, he was able to play it absolutely straight and get laughs from those who responded to the character rather than to any extraneous schtick a real boorish ham whould have thrown into the speech. Listening to that happen was a real high point of this particular experience (well, that a being part of really good ensemble).

But, like I said, this is a fuzzy area and it's very easy to have opposite reactions. Thanks again, and I'm glad you liked what I was doing.

Brad


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