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: http://bit.ly/1mVDlTx)
Contest closes Wednesday March 12th at 11:59 PM. You must be a current NYU student to enter. Good luck!
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.
If you want to support Kathryn's current movie Kenshow at the Bedfellows you have a few days left to enter:
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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.
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
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.
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
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,
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 rattlestick.org
Running Time: 2 hours
Closes: April 19
Judd Hollander is the New York correspondent for the London publication The Stage.
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