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Mary Poppins says she “shall stay until the winds change.”  This cast of beautiful, handsome, eager and talented young people makes this delightful production one of, if not our best ever.  It is more appealing than anything we have ever done.  I am at a loss for the fear of “the wind changing,” and it […]

Rivers & Spires Anniversary Inspires $13 Tickets, Today Only

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 17, 2015

Today (Friday, April 17), all tickets for the remainder of the Roxy Regional Theatre’s 32nd Season (Mary Poppins, The 39 Steps and The Music Man) are $13 in honor of Rivers & Spires’ 13th Anniversary. This offer can only be redeemed from 9:00am until 2:00pm today, either in person at the box office or by […]

I never saw Maria Callas perform Tosca.  I’ve seen a video, but only of the second act.  However, I did see Marie Collier perform Tosca in Chicago.  Miss Collier had replaced an indisposed Callas at London’s Covent Garden, so seeing her performance was not so far removed from seeing a shadow of a statue of […]

MORRIE Continues to Touch, MARY POPPINS Waits in the Wings

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 3, 2015

There is something miraculous, awesome and deeply spiritual about Good Friday. Theatre folk are wont to say, “Never play Christmas, Easter or Memphis.” But Good Friday is different: “No greater love …” Jay Doolittle as Morrie in Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie says, “Love is the only rational act. Without love, we are birds with […]

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Opens for Pay-What-You-Can Tonight at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 27, 2015

There is an unadulterated bliss one has when working alongside such creative, talented and affable artists as Jay Doolittle and Matthew Whitfield in the two-character play Tuesdays with Morrie. Each are artists in their own rights, one more so by wisdom seasoned with age and the other with that eagerness of youth. Both make the […]

Jay Doolittle Returns for TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, Opening March 27

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 20, 2015

Jay Doolittle, at 74, returns to the Roxy for his 62nd production. In a tenure spanning 16 years, he first brought his talent to the fore in 1999’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Jay has performed 60 other roles in Albee, Shakespeare, Miller, Hellman and others, including Professor Morrie Schwartz in Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with […]

Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE Opens This Friday at 8:00pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 13, 2015

She is referred to as “Team Xerox” by her admirers, myself being one of many. Amber Wallace can simply look at an image and copy it exactly or, if you like, enlarge it 100 to 1,000 times larger. She has done the latter with the color drawings of comedy and tragedy designed by Charlotte Davis, […]

Snow Leaves in its Wake Missed Opportunities

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 6, 2015

Corinne Bupp sings, “I believe there are angels among us,” in Honky Tonk Angels for the final two times, tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. She has made a believer out of me, for I’ve experienced them myself: the kind soul Jacob Berkebile, who picked me up in the slush and snow of a recent Saturday […]

This year’s Shakespeare offering, Measure for Measure — not unlike last year’s Much Ado About Nothing — is not part of the high school curriculum. When I was growing up, we had three years of Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. I was in a parochial all-boys Catholic high school, so The […]

Pay-What-You-Can for HONKY TONK ANGELS Tonight at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 13, 2015

Tonight is the “pay-what-you-can” preview for Honky Tonk Angels … not “pay-as-little-as-you-can,” but “pay-what-you-can.” Honky Tonk Angels is unique in the fact that it is a classic country music musical. Jama Bowen, Kristina Wilson and Corinne Bupp are perfectly suited for their roles as “angels” and, indeed, of the honky-tonk variety, longing to be stars […]