BOBBYWOOD: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BOBBY THE BELLBOY?

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

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Review by ALEX KNOX

June 07, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

Bill Ratner creates a heartfelt and eloquent tribute to his uncle Bobby. Meeting Bobby is at times shocking, hilarious, cringe-worthy — but Ratner navigates his uncle’s charms and foibles like an Olympic hurdler. The ultimate tribute (and to me, one of the most magical onstage moments of recent memory) is watching Ratner re-enact a classic radio drama live on stage. With seamless musical accompaniment and Ratner’s deft vocal characterizations, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a juicy peek behind the glitzy curtains of the legendary sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Treat yourself to a summer getaway and spend an hour in BOBBYWOOD. You’ll be glad you did (and you’ll never feel quite the same when you pass by Hollywood Forever).

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