Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Bartleby" at IRT Theatre - NYC

IRT (Interborough Repertory Theater)'s 3B Development Series Presents:

Group Theory probes the psychosonic landscapes of Melville’s classic novella ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ in an intimate chamber ritual that transforms the private act of reading into a communal encounter. A strange literary-theatrical hybrid, this ‘Bartleby’ is a performed palimpsest of rereadings, a hyper-lucid window onto a famously difficult text in all its haunting ambiguity and violent comedy.

Conceived and directed by Ben Vershbow
Created with the ensemble:
Daniel Larlham
Craig Pattison
Designed by Ben Vershbow and Dorit Avganim

Dec 11-14 (Fri-Mon) and Dec 16-19 (Wed-Sat) 
All shows 8pm , $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
“When we have read a book or poem so often that we can no longer find any amusement in reading it by ourselves, we can still take pleasure in reading it to a companion. To him it has all the graces of novelty; we enter into the surprise and admiration which it naturally excites in him, but which it is no longer capable of exciting in us; we consider all the ideas which it presents rather in the light in which they appear to him, than in that in which they appear to ourselves, and we are amused by sympathy with his amusement which thus enlivens our own.”
- Adam Smith, A Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)

Monday, November 16, 2009

"Girl Crazy" - New York City Centre Encores

Girl Crazy
Music & Lyrics by 
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin 
Book by 
Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan 

Nov 19 - 22, 2009
$25, $50, $95

Jeremy Beck, Chris Diamantopoulos,
Ana Gasteyer, Mylinda Hull, Wayne Knight,
Marc Kudisch, Becki Newton, Richard Poe,
Daniel Stewart Sherman, Gregory Wooddell

Guest Music Director
Rob Fisher

Directed by
Jerry Zaks

In the depths of the Great Depression, the brothers Gershwin decided the American people needed a little pick-me-up. Instead, they hit a grand slam. The tale of a sophisticated New Yorker marooned in a dusty Western cow-town with no one who understands him but the Yiddish-speaking cabbie who brought him there and no one to love but the only woman within 50 miles, the show gave birth to one of the all-time flashiest Broadway scores, featuring “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You”, “But Not For Me” and “Boy! What Love Has Done To Me” among others. The original production put a hot jazz band in the pit, led by cornet virtuoso Red Nichols, and including such jazz greats as Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden. The resulting sound is a unique treat for theatergoers today, as each musician left a lasting impact on the show’s arrangements and orchestrations.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Reviews - "Quartermaine's Terms", Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA

Jeremy Beck and Jefferson Mays*
"Jeremy Beck is a riot as the accident-prone Derek."
- David Sheward, Backstage

(click here for the full backstage review)
  "Jeremy Beck is amusing as the the new teacher 
who turns the comedy into farce with his accident proneness."
- Elyse Sommer,

(click here for full review)


"Jeremy Beck as the new man at the school, Derek Meadle, 
is quirky and fun and altogether the spirit of personal anguish."
- J. Peter Bergman, The Edge, Boston

(click here for the full Edge review)

"Much of the comic relief comes 
from the over the top pratfalls of the junior member of staff, 
at first a part timer, Derek (Jeremy Beck)."
- Charles Giuliano,

(click here for the full review)


"Jeremy Beck plays Derek Meadle, the brightest light on stage... 
Beck adds life and energy to the stage every time he enters it 
and perfectly finds the balance between 
being the buffoon and growing into the leading man."
- Meghan Lynn Allen,

(click here for the full inthespotlightinc review)

"Jeremy Beck in this role is a delight."

(review no longer online.)

*photo credit:  T. Charles Erickson