Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ode to Joy Matinee

Blanca visited Ode to Joy once again. Enjoy her photos. Just visit her FB or Twitter.

Edie Falco and Kathryn Erbe outside The Cherry Lane Theater after today's #OdetoJoy matinee.

 I so would snag the photo of Kathryn when no one is looking.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Win Ode to Joy Tickets

What are you doing for spring break? See Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's play "Ode to Joy" on us! Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets by commenting below with an answer to this question: what is the main character's (Adele) profession? (Hint:

Contest closes Wednesday March 12th at 11:59 PM. You must be a current NYU student to enter. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Artie Lange Show with Kathry Erbe

Yesterday was an amazing day. Blanca sent me a personalized Ode to Joy program with Kathryn's sign and greetings. I also got a beautiful Easter card by Alberto and a little addition was the TV Guide edition with Norman Reedus on it. JIPPY!

I also saw a tweet by the Artie Lange Show, saying Kathryn was a guest on Monday. After a little research I found:

I'm so glad they also offer a podcast. What a Gem! Listen to Kathryn from minute 25 on.

It's a big overview of her career, talking about Soap Operas (better money than library), What About Bob (smoking and Bill Murray leaving the set), Criminal Intent and her relationship to Vincent. I love that she said it was like a marriage. Eames' eye-rolling was built around Goren. She also talks about getting older, her daughter with her own show biz projects and Ode to Joy.

The biggest surprise, they also filmed the interview and posted it on youtube. Enjoy the whole interview 17 minutes and also watch Kathryn. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kensho at the Bedfellow: Finishing Funds

If you want to support Kathryn's current movie Kenshow at the Bedfellows you have a few days left to enter:

Dear Kensho Supporters,
There are FOUR DAYS LEFT in our IndieGoGo campaign and we couldn't be more grateful for your continued support.
In this last week of the campaign, your networks become just as important as ours in our final push to raise finishing funds -- sharing on social media is just a click away at the bottom of this email.
While we won't make our 50k goal by Friday, what we have raised is a great achievement and will go a long way to finishing the film.  We've begun the editing process and have gathered an incredible post-production team with amazing credits like Silver Linings Playbook, Frozen, Men in Black, The Fighter, Star Wars, and many more.  These artists and technicians really believe in Kensho and are just waiting in the wings -- ready to devote considerable talent and resources.
We're also very excited here in LA to dive back into production Easter weekend to pick off a few key scenes as part of our 2nd Unit / pick-up shoot.  We've locked locations, cast, crew, and equipment.  It's gonna be a blast.
The potential to add more contributors to our family in these last few days (and hours) is typically very high for a crowd-sourcing campaign.
Let's capture our friends' love of waiting until the last minute by sharing our enthusiasm for the movie.  Click the social media icons below to share or forward on our link:
Thank you again from all of us.  Let's go out with a bang!
Love, Brad

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kathryn Erbe on Drinking, Laughing and Crying in "Ode to Joy"'s Story of Self-Discovery

Published on Mar 24, 2014
Get tickets to "Ode to Joy":

"Ode to Joy"'s Kathryn Erbe on the complicated, but entertaining journey of finding your own wisdom.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Ode to Joy’

By | March 18, 2014 at The Epoch Times.

NEW YORK—Kudos to actress Kathryn Erbe for bringing to life one of the most unlikable, annoying, and memorable stage characters in recent memory. Her performance makes playwright Craig Lucas’s latest work, Ode to Joy, worth watching.
The play, presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, offers an intense look at one woman’s self-destructive journey, though Lucas never seems to be sure whether the journey should be comic, dramatic, or something in between.

Taking place via flashback and spanning a 15-year period, the story begins with Adele (Erbe), who’s reeling from a messy breakup, running into Bill (Arliss Howard) in a New York City bar. As the evening progresses, the two bond over an unmistakable chemistry, helped along with a liberal intake of alcohol and a bit of Ecstasy—the latter courtesy of Bill.
Over the next few hours, the two adopt a puppy, Bill asks Adele’s father for her hand in marriage, and Bill and Adele severely injure themselves, thanks to several drunken encounters with broken glass.

Not only is Adele a drug- and alcohol-abuser, she’s also a habitual liar, and the only time she works on keeping sober is when she immerses herself in a relationship with another person—at least in the beginning.
A case in point is Mala (Roxanna Hope), who Adele is getting over when the play begins. Adele had taken care of Mala during her illness and subsequent heart surgery. That is, until Adele’s substance abuse binges resurfaced and became more important than anything else.
Even much later, when Adele becomes a member of AA and tries to make amends for past mistakes, she’s still unable to come clean about what she’s done. Rather, she’s always trying to shade her apologies with explanations, excuses, and blame deflection.

Lucas presents an interesting scenario, but his script never fully explores the possibilities, leaving one somewhat adrift as the scenes and years keeping changing without establishing an emotional link to the various characters.
More telling, we’re never shown just how or why these people face their respective demons. Instead, the tale leapfrogs over key incidents and fills in the blanks with quick explanations.

This weakness also translates to a chronic characterization problem. Adele, for example, isn’t given enough of a back story to make one really care about her. Knowing what made her an addict in the first place would certainly have made the character more interesting and if not more sympathetic, at least more understandable.
Bill is certainly an unpleasant fellow, at least initially, having his own struggles with addiction. Yet because we only see him through Adele’s eyes, we never get to understand who he is on his own.
While Mala’s condition definitely arouses sympathy, all we know about her is that she’s rather paranoid about the Y2K millennium bug and has a strained relationship with her family. Indeed, of the three characters in the story, she’s actually the least developed.
Mala is also more than a little arrogant at times, but then again so are Adele and Bill, leaving no one to really root for as the play progresses.

As mentioned above, Erbe does a great job with her role, making the rather messed-up Adele alternatively quite attractive and an object of scorn and pity. In fact, one can’t help but hope both Bill and Mala get as far away from Adele as possible.
Howard is fine as Bill, probably the one character who changes the most over the course of the story. It also helps that Howard and Erbe have excellent chemistry together, be their situation intimate, comedic, or hostile.
Hope is okay as Mala, though her first meeting with Adele comes off as stilted and not that believable.
Lucas also serves as the director here, and while his efforts enable the scenes to move along nicely, he’s unable to make the entire effort rise above the problems in the script. One also wonders why Adele tells the audience that they’re beginning the final scene of the play—a narrative point unnecessary to announce.

Andrew Boyce’s sets of the various locations are fine, and Paul Whitaker’s lighting nicely helps to establish the different moods presented. Costumes by Catherine Zuber work well.

A tale with potential, Ode to Joy doesn’t come together as it should; the playwright never really brings the “why” of the characters to the forefront of the story.

Ode to Joy
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
Tickets: 866-811-4111 or visit
Running Time: 2 hours
Closes: April 19

Judd Hollander is the New York correspondent for the London publication The Stage.

One more:

Lucas Tackles Addiction in ODE TO JOY by Michael Dale