Backstage Review: ‘Quartet’ by Gothic North Productions

In a way, “Quartet” is a coming-of-age play. Four aging opera singers find themselves in the same luxurious British retirement home. The same home that the composer Giuseppe Verdi bequeathed to become a retirement home for opera singers. These four have a history with each other, a rich and intriguing past indeed. Now, these four are challenged to do one last performance.

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Backstage Review: “Admissions” at RAT

With one part comedy, one part white privilege bound together with a talented and passionate cast, ‘Admissions’ asks that very question.
Admissions by Joshua Harmon, Directed by Debra Lynn Hull and Performed at Restless Artist Theater from July 8th through July 18th

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Backstage Review: Two Across at RAT

“Two Across” is a beautiful story of two strangers brought together by chance to discover a shared passion that opens their eyes to what life could be with the right person. But anything worthwhile, this is not an easy road for these two, and both of them are quite damaged. In the 80 minutes of traveling from one end of the subway to the other, the audience witnesses a remarkable transformation as Janet (Played by Robin Soli) and Josh (Played by Dave Cherry) soften to each other.

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‘Lifespan of a Fact’ at RAT

“The Lifespan of a Fact” is part funny and part cerebrally challenging, asking the question, where do journalistic ethics and good storytelling meet, and can that blending be successful? We have a writer, a fact-checker, and an editor battling with that very question in the story. Although there is no answer in the play, there are many thought-provoking questions that will fuel the audience’s conversations for some time after watching “The Lifespan of a Fact.”
RAT’s production of “The Lifespan of a Fact” is masterfully performed by Ron Flesher, JJ Mungcal, and Wendy Feign. This ensemble cast brings the story to life with a passion for the more profound questions of ethics.

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Movies For Shut-ins Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily

On June 4, 1944, the largest amphibious assault in history was launched. Allied forces landed on five beaches of Normandy. They were from the U.S., Britain, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Norway. It began with a 1200 plane assault. Then 160,000 troops landed from 5000 naval vessels. By August 1944, 2 million allied troops were in France. Playwright Paddy Chayefsky was one of them.

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Movies for Shut-ins Paddy Chayefsky’s The Hospital

Playwright Paddy Chayefsky was a complex man. Born in New York City in 1923, he served in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart medal after he was wounded by a land mine near Aachen, Germany. Early on he fell in love with television as a medium. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Marty, specifically for TV. His male leads were vulnerable just like him, tortured just like him, and insecure just like him.

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