THE RITZ

Studio 54 Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director
Harold Wolpert, Managing Director
Julia C. Levy, Executive Director
Present


ROSIE PEREZ and KEVIN CHAMBERLIN
In

THE RITZ

By TERRENCE McNALLY
With
Brooks Ashmanskas

Ashlie Atkinson, Ryan Idol, Patrick Kerr, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe
Terrence Riordan, Seth Rudetsky, Adam Sietz, David Turner
Lenny Venito, Teddy Coluca, Mark Leydorf, Billy Magnussen
Matthew Montelongo, Angela Pietropinto, Jeffrey Evan Thomas
Josh Breckenridge, Justin Clynes, Andrew R. Cooksey
Nick Mayo, Dillion Porter

Directed by JOE MANTELLO
Set Design: SCOTT PASK
Costume Design: WILLIAM IVEY LONG
Lighting Design: JULES FISHER & PEGGY EISENHAUER
Sound Design: TONY MEOLA
Choreography: CHRISTOPHER GATELLI
Production Stage Manager: TRIPP PHILLIPS

Studio 54
254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue)
(212) 719-1300 or www.roundabouttheatre.org
Extended through December 09, 2007


Terrence McNally’s THE RITZ has been revived with the adorable Rosie Perez and Kevin Chamberlin, and although several of the comic references are dated and we would like to think that bath houses where random sexual encounters are encouraged no longer exist, this is still a rollicking frolic through a seedy establishment occupied with charmingly eccentric characters. Creative costumes (or the lack thereof), an elaborate set and music from an era of past renown make the audience willing to go along for this hilarious ride.

Chamberlin chooses The Ritz, of all places, to hide out from his murderous brother-in-law. In a continual comedic cycle of mistaken identities, Perez thinks he is a big producer of legitimate shows who could be her ticket to the Big Time. Ms. Perez’s bath house act and her attempts to seduce Chamberlin are worthy of raucous laughs out loud, and theater goers gladly oblige. THE RITZ is a four-star evening of entertainment.

- Laurie Lawson -
 

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