Friday, February 28, 2014

Ode to Joy - Critique

by David Gordon • Feb 27, 2014

As Adele, Erbe is a magnetic presence, and it's absolutely clear why both Howard and Hope's characters would be drawn to her. It helps that, as a trio, they have terrific chemistry and all are on the same page regarding the just-slightly-heightened style of acting the play needs.

by The Zookeeper • February 27, 2014

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by Frank Scheck • February 27, 2014

Ode to Joy – a Painful Struggle
by JK Clarke • February 28, 2014
The actors in the play do their job admirably, considering that the material they’re working with is not terribly strong. An occasional snarky, clever line is snuck in between mostly cliché and largely hard-to-swallow dialog; yet, it is delivered expertly. In the hands of lesser actors, the play would be a total disaster. Too much of it feels like the etchings of someone in recovery attempting to work out some rather serious internal, personal issues.
Oddly enough, the standout feature of the play was the various “accident” choreographies. Co-Fight Directors David Anzuelo and Jesse Geguzis did an admirable job with the many scenes that required actors falling on glass, on each other or simply falling out of chairs. Erbe, Howard and Roxanna Hope (Mala) displayed remarkable skill with their physical performances. It’s a pity they didn’t have a stronger script to prop them up.
Off-Broadway - “Ode to Joy” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre at the Cherry Lane Theatre
by David Roberts • February 28, 2014
Under Lucas’ inventive and careful direction, the ensemble cast delivers powerful performances which delve into the depths of human despair and humanity’s attempts to numb despair’s concomitant searing pain. Mr. Lucas tackles salvation head on and scores.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

World Premiere of Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy, Starring Kathryn Erbe, Opens Feb. 27 at Cherry Lane Theatre

By Carey Purcell at
27 Feb 2014 

The world premiere of Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy, a new play about addiction, illness and love, opens Off-Broadway Feb. 27, starring Tony Award nominee Kathryn Erbe.
The production, which is presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, began previews Feb. 12 at the Cherry Lane Theatre and runs through March 30.
Written and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas, the cast features Erbe ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Speed of Darkness), Roxanna Hope (Frost/Nixon, After The Fall) and Arliss Howard ("Moneyball," Joe Turner's Come and Gone).
Here's how the show is billed: "Ode to Joy tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers."

The creative team includes Andrew Boyce (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Paul Whitaker (lighting design) and Daniel Kluger (sound design). 
Lucas' writing credits include Prelude To A Kiss, Prayer for My Enemy and Reckless, as well as the scripts for Marry Me a Little, Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Three Postcards and The Light in the Piazza. He also penned the Broadway-aimed musical King Kong, as well as an upcoming Broadway adaptation of An American in Paris. 
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Monday, February 24, 2014

in front of Ode to Joy

Blanca had been at Ode to Joy yesterday and took this photo.
Here's a picture of Arliss Howard, Kathryn Erbe and Craig Lucas including Mr. Lucas' husband.
She said the play changed a lot compared to the reading two years ago. I so wish I could see it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ode to Joy - Press Photos

Jippy, today is Ode to Joy special day. On tumblr popped up also two press photos. Unfortunately I couldn't find the first source so I lead you to the tumblr page of Fandoms *Are* Love. I so would love to watch this play. If you're in NYC, take your chance and visit Kathryn at Cherry Lane Theatre.

How is it possible that Kathryn didn't age? God, she looks more than phenomenal.

First Ode to Joy Fan report

Finally I found a little fan report about Kathryn's current play. :: cari travels the world :: posted pictures on tumblr:

You can find her post here. Go and like or reblog it.
Thanks @cherrylntheatre & #OdeToJoy for reminding me that Kathryn Erbe is a phenomenal stage actress.
She was the reason I went to see it, and is amazing, but Arliss Howard really pulled it all together. I think Adele (Erbe) was supposed to be the anchor, but I think Bill (Howard) was her anchor. Roxanna Hope’s Mala was an interesting one.
Cherry Lane is a fabulous space, but especially for the intimacy of this production. You’re up close (especially me in front row) and nearly a part of their drama.
Drama. Yes. Not Romantic Comedy. Either that, or I don’t know what romance is. Seeing as I didn’t think Bridges of Madison County was romance, that’s entirely possible.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. I’m glad I saw it early in previews, because I’m pretty sure I want to see it again. Runs through March 30 at the Cherry Lane.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy, Starring Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe, Begins Performances Off-Broadway

Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe is caught in a love triangle in the world premiere of Ode to Joy, which begins performances off-Broadway February 12. A production of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the play is scheduled for a limited run through March 30.

Written and directed by Craig Lucas, Ode to Joy is a story of love, heartbreak, addiction and illness. Erbe stars as an artist named Adele, an audacious painter who tells the story of her destructive relationships with her two lovers, Mala (Roxanna Hope) and Bill (Arliss Howard).

Opening night is set for February 27 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.


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