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Review: Tuesdays with Morrie

By • Nov 19th, 2005 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Tuesdays with Morrie [MP3 4:34 4.2MB].

Laura: We are talking about Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie which we saw on Tuesday at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD.

Mike: The story of Tuesdays with Morrie is Mitch Albom when he was a college student back in the 70’s. He attended a sociology class with a professor named Morrie Schwartz. The entire book and then the stage play that came from the book is just the story of what Mitch Albom learned from his friend Morrie Schwartz.

Laura: Morrie was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Mike: There were a series of Nightline interviews with Morrie and Mitch had fallen out of contact with Morrie. That thing called life. He had promised that he would keep in touch and he didn’t. He felt bad and he saw the Nightline interview with Morrie and Ted Koppel. So he decided to get back in touch.

Laura: Yes, he came to see him and then started visiting with him regularly on Tuesdays.

Mike: That became their time to be together. Morrie ends up dying. ALS is a fatal disease still. The last lessons that Morrie gave to Mitch were life lessons. How to live a good and positive life.

Laura: How to be happy.

Mike: How to be happy. How to accept death because it is a part of all of us.

Laura: That’s true. It was a very well done performance. There were only two actors so they had a lot of lines to memorize and I didn’t hear any flubs or stumblings. I think they had it down.

Mike: They did really well.

Laura: They did really well with it.

Mike: Harrold Gould played Morrie Schwartz and Dominique Fermosa played Mitch Albom.

Laura: They did a good job.

Mike: It was very impressive.

Mike: Hour and 45 minutes. No intermission. Pretty much straight through. The two of them carried the show. That was it. There were no other cast members.

Laura: One thing nice at the Hippodrome is they have good staging techniques. With Morrie’s living room the way that slid on and off the stage was well done.

Mike: They had a significant stage since it is an historic theater. They had a lot of back stage area where they could do special effects with the lighting and the way the sets changed between each scene. I liked the way the spotlights worked. Usually you had a spotlight it’s just white or yellow or blue on a person. But they seem to have three or four different ones and they would seem to wander around the stage and then they would change colors and they would all focus on Mitch or on Morrie and that was really effective. Mitch started getting confused about life the lights also got confused and started wandering around. It really helped counterpoint or show the feelings that Mitch is going through.

Laura: Mood lighting.

Mike: Mood lighting. It was a good effect.

Laura: The sound was good. We were able to understand both of them. Maybe a touch muddy, but

Mike: But not earth shatteringly bad.

Laura: Because there wasn’t music to go with it. Other than Mitch playing the piano that he started out doing and then fell away from that. As life got in the way. I thought it was a good show.

Mike: It was a good show. It definitely makes you think about what you are doing with your life. We’ve all had friends or relatives pass on so it makes you think about them. Mitch deals with some of his issues with his uncle who died and it really made for interesting discussion on the way home after the show. I would be willing to bet most of the people at the theater had that same discussion or similar discussion on the way home.

Laura: Yes, talked about it on the way home.

Mike: So I would definitely recommend you go see this show. It’s playing for another week at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. You can also get the book. It’s available at Amazon.

Laura: And now. On with the show.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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