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Rose and Walsh

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Neil Simon

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 5403

SHOWING : December 07, 2018 - December 15, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Rose and Walsh follows two great literary figures and the depth and consequence of their enduring love. At a beautiful beach house on the tip of Long Island, Rose, a celebrated but near penniless author, receives nightly visits from Walsh, the love of her life and a famous writer himself. Now Walsh must go away forever, but not before securing Rose’s financial future with an extraordinary proposal that promises to change everything


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Cheryl Baer
Clancy John Coombs
Rose Diane Dicker
Arlene Hayley Haas
Walsh Steve Pryor
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REVIEWS

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Saunter-y
by playgoer
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
3.0
Neil Simon’s "Rose and Walsh" is a talky play. Most of its action consists of Rose (a thinly disguised Lillian Hellman) communicating with her former lover Walsh (a stand-in for Dashiell Hammett). The cast is rounded out by Rose’s live-in companion Arlene and ghost writer Clancy. There’s a lot of conversation and not a lot of action, although there is a neat special effect in Centerstage North’s production.

The Centerstage North set makes good use of the wide playing space, with a dining room/office stage right, a living room stage left, and French doors to the beach upstage center. It’s nicely appointed, indicating the long-time residence of a financially successful woman with no frou-frou tastes. Costumes suit all characters nicely.

Brenda Orchard’s sound is most notable in the beachside sounds that become audible as the French doors upstage are opened. It’s a nice touch. Owen Ridings’ lighting is generally good, although there is a dim spot center stage that becomes obvious in the second act when director Cheryl Baer’s blocking has characters move into and out of this spot. Otherwise, there’s a pretty even wash across the stage that keeps things nicely visible.

Performances are good, but not transcendent. Diane Dicker invests Rose with prickly humor that suits the role, and real-life husband Steve Pryor adds a genial cynicism to Walsh. Hayley Haas seems a bit colorless as Arlene, but John Coombs, Jr. gives Clancy some wrong-side-of-the-tracks New York backbone. Ms. Baer hasn’t directed the show to have much variety of tone, and the pace tends to be fairly uniform. There are enough Neil Simon funny lines to spark things along, and the play holds interest throughout, but "Rose and Walsh" doesn’t really catch fire. It’s nice to see a little-done Neil Simon play, but it’s clear this isn’t one of his comedy blockbusters. It’s sweet and gentle, but not compelling. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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