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

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SAMUEL JOSEPH certified reviewer June 09, 2013
Bill Ratner is one of the best storytellers around. His ability to provide a wide range of voices for the various characters creates a wonderful sense of both reality and theatricality. This story is about his relationship with Bobby Jellison, his uncle, a journeyman actor who was famous as Bobby the Bellboy on I Love Lucy. It's poignant, funny, and tells the real truth about the trials and tribulations of a life in Hollywood, one that Bill took to heart when he first came to Tinseltown. You'll laugh and be moved, and learn something in the process. ... full review
BRAD SCHREIBER certified reviewer 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
LA THEATER CRITIC (.COM) certified reviewer 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
SHERYL BERNSTEIN certified reviewer June 10, 2013
Bill Rartner is an expert story teller. Weaving film noir-like trips thru "old" Hollywood with the touching, funny, sad story of his Uncle "Bobby the Bellboy." With music. A wonderful 55 minute journey you'll be happy you went on. If you Love Lucy, if you love Hollywood, if you love showbiz, and most of all, if you love superb story telling, go see Bill Ratner's "Bobbywood". You will love it too. Plus, it's very cool to be in this theater space. It's small and cozy and just so "theatery". From the Heart, Sheryl B.... full review
GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer June 07, 2013
Great, heartfelt one-man show by voice over legend Bill Ratner about seeing the truth behind the glitz and glamor of Hollywood through the eyes of his uncle, a former TV regular. Shout out to the spot-on accompaniment by Jonathan Menchin. Don't miss it. ... full review
SEA GLASSMAN certified reviewer June 12, 2013
There's a moment in Bill Ratner's fictionalized departure from reality as he knows it, that even though based on some few flimsy family threads, transcends autobiography and fiction, and that's when he describes his Uncle Bobby's connection to the world as an actor. The price of admission is fulfilled in that moment. <> Bill Ratner is an award winning story teller and one of the more sonorous voices in LA, - a voice that lends maturity, humor and kindness. <> His work ethic is not to be believed- I have watched him over the course of the day, and no where is this ethic on better display than in his current well worked and tightly woven one man play, Bobbywood. <> Ratner takes what little he knew of the life and downfall of his last re... full review
DENNIS STEVENS certified reviewer June 13, 2013
Funny and moving. Ratner's vocal abilities really make you feel 3 or 4 people are on stage. You don't have to be a Hollywood insider to enjoy the show either - anyone who's had to deal with their own family, or their own hopes and dreams can relate.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 14, 2013
Just saw Bill Ratner's new show at the Hollywood fringe and it was fantastic. Anyone who loves LA, old-style Hollywood and an amazing performance should check it out.... full review
KRISTINE OLLER certified reviewer June 15, 2013
What can I say? The man is a master storyteller. Bill Ratner took us back in time for a glimpse of old Hollywood that only he could reveal. (He even provided a live soundtrack for the trip!) Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening out and - if ya like your bourbon straight and your tales twisted - this show is for you!... full review
MICHAEL KASS certified reviewer June 15, 2013
So this is not an objective review at all--I've known Bill for a while, we travel in the same storytelling circles, he's a friend. All that said: this show isn't like anything I've ever seen him do before. Watching Bill inhabit the various characters--his parents, his aunt, Uncle Bobby and others is like watching a Nascar driver expertly shift gears. The story itself is stirring, poignant without diving into melodrama. Bill is an effortlessly engaging storyteller and his tale swept me along on a well-paced ride of nostalgia and discovery. Good stuff!... full review