Burbage Theatre Company presents Orson's Shadow Directed by Jeff Church
May 22nd - June 7th Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm Tickets $15 General Admission, $12 Seniors & Students *May 22nd, 24th and 25th are preview performances. Tickets are $10. May 25th at 3pm. Artists' Exchange | 50 Rolfe Square
"Winning…A seductive story of clashing theatrical titans. Mr. Pendleton creates an engrossing picture of success, failure, betrayal, guilt, and ravening fear among a shifting constellation of stars of film and theater." —NY Times.
The Burbage Theatre Company presents - an ingenious tale of two of the modern theatre’s greatest minds and largest egos - those of Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. The time is 1960; the place is the Royal Court theatre. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in ‘Rhinoceros’, Eugene Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece. They play serves as lifeline for both the great actor and the once genius director of Citizen Kane. The rehearsal process brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, along with Tynan, Plowright, and Vivien Leigh, wrestle the muse and their own crippling insecurities in this witty and incisive depiction of the drama of theatre.
"In this highly entertaining romp through a forgotten moment in theatrical history, Pendleton mines rich territory and fills it with the humor and drama of over-ripened egos." —Chicago Sun-Times
"…beguiling and thematically substantial…full of wit, intelligence and salacious interest." —Chicago Tribune
"…a haunting portrayal of the fragility and vulnerability of talent. Pendleton's script sets up these titans of the theatre, geniuses all, and, instead of tearing them down through tawdry revelation, invites the audience to watch them at work. What we see is the terrible cost to the artist of sustained exposure and risk." —CurtainUp.
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