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Mr. McD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:29 AM
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What was the first play you ever saw?
Edited on Tue May-25-04 11:44 AM by mrmcd
For me it was Little Abner. A college production very well done.

I couldn't decide on best/favorite/most enjoyable play so I started this thread.. :shrug:
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Mr.Green93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:31 AM
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1. Sound of Music
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ihaveaquestion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:33 AM
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2. Peter Pan - in grade school
Fiddler on the Roof - on Broadway
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Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:35 AM
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3. Waiting for Godot
I acted in it. Played the boy
"Mr. Godot can't come today"
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:35 AM
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4. Man of La Mancha
a high school production. My brother played the lead.

Joe Lieberman's mother-in-law said my brother was a better Tevye than even Zero Mostel.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:36 AM
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5. No Time for Sergeants
Starring Andy Griffin.

When I was 8 or 9, my parents decided it would be a good idea to take me to see a Broadway play every year for my birthday. I saw a lot of second-rate plays that way, plus a few first-rate plays that were on their fourth or fifth cast change and seemed decidedly shopworn.

I think my parents were mainly going on nostalgia, and that Broadway wasn't what it had been when they were young. They would always tell me what magic it was when the lights began to dim, but I never felt it.

The best plays I ever saw were the Shakespeare in Central Park, plus some at college. But Broadway never cut it for me.
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:37 AM
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6. diary of anne frank, 8th grade.
stunned the hell out of me.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:40 AM
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7. Hamlet
Dame Edith Evans playing the prince. New Orleans, I was in fifth grade, tedious for a 10 year old. I did end up a theatre major though.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:41 AM
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8. The Glass Menagerie
When I was in gradeschool.

That summer I also saw 'Annie Get Your Gun', 'West Side Story' and 'The Sound Of Music' at the local theater in the park.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:42 AM
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9. "Oklahoma" with John Wesley Shipp at the Little Theater in Sullivan, Il.
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SnohoDem Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:16 PM
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10. Medea
in 1964 or 1965. Dame Judith Anderson in the title role. At eight, I was too young to appreciate it.

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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:46 PM
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11. I saw Judith Anderson's Medea on tv
I was probably in high school. My recollection is that it was broadcast directly from the stage production, which in those days meant very low picture quality. It still knocked my socks off. I would love to have seen her live.

I did see Richard Burton doing Hamlet on Broadway, though -- probably the best live performance by an established star I ever saw. Oh, that man could do wonders with the English language.
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SnohoDem Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:55 PM
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12. I was impressed,
but hell, I was a little kid from North Louisiana who'd just moved to the big city (Houston). I bless my mother for INSISTING that I and my brothers be exposed to some kind of culture other than "redneck".

My wife worships Burton. And you're right, GOD he could speak. I never saw him live, but sure loved his work in movies like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf".
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UCLA02 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:23 AM
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13. Art
With Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina at the Doolittle Theatre at Hollywood and Vine (I think they've renamed it since). Great story.

My favorite was seeing O'Neill's "Hughie" at the Mark Taper Forum in LA with Al Pacino in '99 or so. Got $12 rush tickets for the final performance (on eBay for $250/pair that week) and was 3 feet from the tiny stage. Got a pic with Al at the backstage door before the show.

One of the more enjoyable was "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in NYC a few years back. Gonna try to see it again now that it's in LA for a few months.
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Lou_C Donating Member (944 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:24 AM
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14. Showboat
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LastKnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:25 AM
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15. 'a midsummernight's dream' nt
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Liberal Christian Donating Member (746 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:31 AM
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16. I think it was HMS Pinafore
I know I was really young, maybe 6 or 7, and my parents took me to see a college production of Pinafore. I loved it. I wanted to be Buttercup.

I don't think we'd been to anything before that, but my parents were really great about taking us to see live theater. Most of my siblings and I ended up doing theater in high school, some in college and community theater. My older brother tried for quite some time to make it as a professional actor. It didn't work for him, but he had fun trying.
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