solo performance · bill ratner · Ages 12+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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BRAD SCHREIBER · June 09, 2013
Everyone knows Bill Ratner has an incredible voice. But he also has an incredible "voice" as a writer and his tale of his uncle Bobby, and other family members is seemingly effortlessly interesting. Other one person show performers often do not have the writing technique to truly move or engage you. Bill is as good a writer as he is a performer and his show is what you ideally hope for: funny, heartbreaking, never manipulative, detailed in observation, poetic. Go see this show.... full review

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LA THEATER CRITIC (.COM) · June 09, 2013
Hollywood history is filled with countless tragedies: most, of wannabe stars who never saw the light of day; many, of talented artists who became recognizable, only to be used and discarded by the rulers of the entertainment Combine. In the later category was Bobby Jellison, the uncle of expert storyteller Bill Ratner. Read more at full review

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BOB LEGGETT · June 14, 2013
I fell in love with the storytelling of Bill Ratner last year, and this year's offering is even better. I love his personal story about his journey to Hollywood to learn about his famous uncle, Bobby Jellison, who portrayed "Bobby the Bellman" on the I Love Lucy show. The story is portrayed with the right amounts of background, commentary on the events and a perfect retelling of the tale told him by his uncle. Don't miss this show!... full review

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Everyone may know Bill Ratner is a master storyteller. Hearing how he was introduced to Hollywood makes me wonder how he ever stayed. The more I thought about it, the more I realized everyone has these stories:success, loss, destruction, getting screwed and falling back into the soft pillow of addiction. Hearing it through the eyes of a bright-eyed actor new to Hollywood years after he carved a successful niche for himself gives a shiny silver lining to this ultimately sad tale. Someone told me the postcard to "Bobbywood" scared them. Don't let it scare you away from hearing Ratner's entry into this town of fables.... full review

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