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Orson Welles & Scatman Crothers in 'A Hollywood Ending'

ensemble theatre · pachyderm productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States of America

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STEPHEN LEROY uncertified reviewer June 08, 2015
This was a well-written, well acted, and extremely enjoyable and stimulating play. Both men were on their A game: we had never seen either actor perform previously, and it was truly a treat watching them both take these two difficult personalities and make them their own. Dennis Neal's embodiment of Scatman Crothers was uncanny, and he brings a warm and heartfelt performance that will stay with you for a long time. Rob Locke presented us with a self-aware and memorable Orson Welles- delightful and intriguing. When one learns that Scatman and Orson were in the same room auditioning, one would love to be that fly on the the case of this performance, you get to be just that.... full review
ELIZABETH COLLINS certified reviewer June 08, 2015
What a hilarious and intriguing show! I had to Google to make sure it wasn't a joke that Orson Welles was in the Transformers movie in 1985. BUT it was true. I imagine David Castro's script is pretty accurate in terms of some of the conversations that took place. He takes advantage of the humor of the situation, but also takes the time to address two men who spent decades in Hollywood and how they felt about the changes or lack thereof. And both actors portrayed these men with striking accuracy. Go see it!... full review
TIM POWELL uncertified reviewer June 08, 2015
David Castro does it again! Castro certainly knows how to write! In A Hollywood Ending, in 1985, two Hollywood legends from opposite ends of the spectrum meet in a common experience most actors will recognize: the audition waiting room, and compare life notes from their own perspectives. Sounds intriguing to begin with, right? - But Rob Locke as Orson Welles and Dennis Neal as Scatman Crothers (with an "o", not a "u") kicked into overdrive in their preview performance - exponentially inhabiting their characters in a way that could only be explained irrationally as "channeling." Having seen a couple of rehearsals and a tech-through, I knew this show was good, but once it was in front of a packed house on Sunday it blew up so big that "Ama... full review
GORDON MCKEE certified reviewer June 08, 2015
The final role for both Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers was in a second-rate animated movie based on a Saturday morning cartoon? Hard to imagine but true and playwright Castro has a great time imagining the two Hollywood greats meeting at the audition. Well conceived and written, it's hugely entertaining throughout. There's no bad acting but the man who plays Orson Welles is really terrific. Come and see this play!... full review
CHRISTINE GERVAIS uncertified reviewer June 14, 2015
This brought a slice of history to life. I left wanting to see more, wanting to see what happened later on. I laughed and learned and was highly entertained. The writing is spectacular and the performances are engaging for every minute. I will see this again and I encourage everyone to take a moment and be transported. ... full review
KRISTEN JOY BJORGE certified reviewer June 14, 2015
Highly, highly recommend. An exquisitely enjoyable snapshot into two stalwart figures with excellent writing and performances. Even if you think it's not your cup of tea, you're wrong. Please buy a ticket to this gem you will not want to miss it!... full review
ROBERT ROSEN certified reviewer June 14, 2015
a trip to film buff heaven.... full review
JANET MILLER certified reviewer June 15, 2015
This show was great! The storytelling was topnotch, and I enjoyed the lively banter between the characters. Excellent pace. Good work all. ... full review
VICTORIA ENGLUND certified reviewer June 11, 2015
Great performance by both actors. They both brought Orson & Scatman to life. Thanks for the great entertainment...👍👍... full review
KATHY MCCONKEY certified reviewer June 15, 2015
A fascinating exploration of a hypothetical situation... but one that COULD have happened. A well-written script executed by two excellent actors. Would recommend highly. ... full review