The NYC premiere of Ed Dixon's solo show about his 20-year friendship with two-time Tony-winning character actor George Rose. More…
Over his storied career, Mr. Rose starred on Broadway and in London alongside such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Noel Coward, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier. He was last seen on Broadway in the original 1985 production of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood,' for which he won his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Ed Dixon examines his longtime friendship with the character actor, their shared love for the stage, and Rose's shocking dark side.
“The production, directed by Eric Shaffer, is flawless, and the set masterful...I have enjoyed many one-man shows in the past…Dixon rises to the top of this illustrious group but remember, he also wrote the play, a monumental achievement. I have seen a few of Dixon’s previous musicals and plays, and I enjoyed them all. But nothing in his past work gave any indication of what heights he might scale as a writer. 'Georgie' is a masterpiece." Full Review
"Dixon’s writing is very entertaining; there are no passages that are too precious for Dixon and therefore lose value for us...Dixon still has serious chops. The story moves along and we giggle, laugh outright and feel a bit verklempt...It’s an over-used cliche to say a performer is brave, raw, fearless, but maybe we over-use these words because we want that experience so much. Dixon really delivers...This show is a must see. Do not miss it." Full Review
“A tour-de-force performance…Not only does Mr. Dixon unearth the stories and truths behind the man, but he reveals truths about himself as well...Dixon embodies Rose layer after layer. We see his humor, eccentricities, complexity and a life veiled in a dark secret that is now exposed…Dixon is a master storyteller and writer who keeps our attention to the fullest…’Georgie’ is a delightful biopic that will let you know that everyone is flawed, scared and just this side of off." Full Review
"With his resonant voice and animated presence, Dixon vibrantly holds forth with a series of shrewdly connected, comical and poignant behind-the-scenes theatrical anecdotes...What truly distinguishes the show is Dixon’s fearless psychological focus...In examining their involvement, Dixon doesn’t spare Rose or himself from honest scrutiny...Schaeffer’s inspired staging includes a number of arresting tableaux, bursts of action and Dixon’s perfectly modulated performance." Full Review
"Dixon's animated remembrances of his friendship with the extravagantly theatrical Rose form a loving portrait reaching peaks of hilarity and a depth of darkness...A fascinating storyteller, Dixon draws on his own acting experience, personal charm and obvious affection for the eccentric actor to share his encyclopedic collection of anecdotes...You are entranced, shocked, sympathetic and ultimately gratified by a riveting, well-formed arc. Dixon's performance captivates from start to finish." Full Review
"A first-class ticket on a theatrical time machine ride. We get to sit at the feet of a great storyteller getting punch drunk on theatre memories. Brilliant text, astounding performance, astute direction–unforgettable evening...Ed Dixon is a theatrical chameleon, shape-shifting into any part...Eric Schaeffer is the director of this beautiful opus constructed of micro memoir moments. He ensures an electric pace so nothing is overly sentimental or too light." Full Review
"“Ed Dixon is brilliant–as an actor, author and raconteur. This solo show is riveting, riotous and revealing…The anecdotes, enchantingly recounted, are hilarious…In the end it’s anything but hagiography...'Georgie' is a must-see for acting aficionados, would-be memoirists, psychologists, criminologists, theater historians, and just about anybody who wants to spend a fascinating 90 minutes in the theater." Full Review
"It is loaded with classic theatre stories, calculated to leave Broadway fans chortling with glee; in fact, it's just about the funniest horror story around...Dixon is a superb raconteur...Eric Schaeffer, whose direction keeps the show moving at exactly the right pace, also designed the set, a haunted-looking old theatre...'Georgie' will, inevitably, appeal most strongly to theatre fans with a deep sense of history, as well as those who saw Rose perform." Full Review
"Dixon regales us with stories of Rose's personal oddities and theatrical performances, frequently lapsing into impressions of the actor...There's plenty to enjoy in 'Georgie' even if you don't know who Rose was. The real beneficiaries...will be older Broadway theatregoers to whom Rose's artistry brought joy and laughter from the '60s through the '80s. This Rose by another name may not smell as sweet as the original but for most audiences it should certainly smell sweet enough. Full Review
"Fascinating new solo show...'Georgie' is less a traditional play than a juicy evening of theater stories, but Dixon brings his pal to life with such vividness that it's almost as if Rose is actually onstage next to him...Director Eric Schaeffer guides this multifaceted performance into a beautifully appropriate balance of lightness and darkness...'Georgie' is a tribute to one of Broadway's greats, while reminding us that everyone we see onstage has a story all their own." Full Review
"What makes 'Georgie' a remarkable theatre piece...is Dixon’s portrayal of his own shock and dismay as he discovers the true Georgie...Schaeffer, who originated the play at his Signature Theatre in Arlington VA, repeats his direction and does a capital job of it...The combination of the stories, the characters, and Dixon’s own persona make 'Georgie' an evening of charm and delight. That is, until the shattering and brutal truth comes blustering in, as it must." Full Review
"It’s an illuminating, warts-and-all portrait of the talented artist that became Dixon’s idol, then fell from a great height with dire consequences to both men – as told, it should be noted, with love. The playwright is a terrific storyteller...Joy and surprise are infectious. Flamboyance is never quite over the top. Moving around the stage with grace, energy and precise gesture, he’s a pleasure to watch...Dixon is simply wonderful. As is this play which is both entertaining and heart-rending." Full Review
"Dixon's ability to catch the essence of the celebrated artists who populate his play is uncanny, and I recommend this lovely piece of work to all who have love for the theatre and for the artists who consistently enrich our lives. George Rose was one of those, and Ed Dixon has brought him back to us with a good ear and the mastery of a craft he’s been honing for over 40 years." Full Review
"In a remarkable one-man play, 'Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose,' actor/writer Ed Dixon does a brilliant job of talking about his friendship with the 'unabashed homosexual' Rose...Dixon is priceless as he acts out Rose’s assessments of people...Dixon holds you in his thrall for the entire 90 minutes and proves not only a great interpreter of Rose’s life and work, but a worthy successor to his stage presence. Oh, what a relief!" Full Review
"Compact, sentimental and neatly crafted one-man show...Dixon expertly recreates Rose’s distinctive voice, larger-than-life mannerisms, off-the-color remarks and detailed anecdotes about working with legends like Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and Katharine Hepburn. Under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, 'Georgie' works as an intimate personal journey that takes a swift turn from giddy and nostalgic to disturbing and tragic." Full Review
"Dixon is quite the raconteur whose stories begin quite literally at the hilarious first meeting with Rose and end on a very unfortunate note...What makes the first three quarters of the show so deliriously funny is Dixon’s ability to replicate not only Rose’s voice but all his effete mannerisms...Rose’s secret life and death had more of a profound affect on Dixon than he could ever imagine...Yet, he got himself together which enabled him to play many roles." Full Review
"A bold, compelling story...It’s hard for actors to dig deep in painful, traumatic terrain and unearth inner demons for public performance but Mr. Dixon so beautifully allows how, in his friend’s death, he found renewed life. Mr. Dixon is so damned appealing and just plain likable, I yearned for more of his own story...A little marvel: a bare-knuckle but bittersweet tribute to a legendary actor, a love letter to theater life, and a touching, probing contemplation of self-reconciliation." Full Review
"A charming if ultimately disturbing solo show…Dixon delivers enjoyable impersonations of Katharine Hepburn, Noël Coward and Richard Burton—not to mention Rose himself....The tone of ‘Georgie’ turns somber near the end, when Mr. Dixon accepts an invitation to Rose’s vacation home in the Dominican Republic...The visit ends with a disillusioned Mr. Dixon fleeing in disgust. The audience is caught out as well; after finding joy in Rose’s brilliance, we’re left confused and disillusioned, too." Full Review
"Ed Dixon has a delightful demeanor, often delivering a line with an implied wink...Directed by Eric Schaeffer, Dixon tries to keep the homage lively, moving about and pouring his heart and his talent into evoking Rose while spinning narratives...Dixon covers Rose’s life with flair and fine-tuned recollections...Dixon succeeded admirably in bonding with his audience, but his 'Georgie,' while entertaining, moving and glowing with expertise, could still stand some tightening." Full Review
"He simply tells of the 15 years that he knew the distinguished performer, first as a castmate and eventually as a bosom buddy...Dixon knows how to get us to laugh when detailing his own theatrical forays...We all have our dark sides, but Rose’s was particularly murky and you’ll undoubtedly find yourself seeing why Dixon wanted to make a speedy exit. Most of 'Georgie,' however, is great fun – especially for theater enthusiasts who, like Dixon, can’t get enough backstage lore." Full Review
"Genial and orotund, Dixon provides marvelous accounts of Rose’s special qualities as a performer as well as his droll idiosyncrasies as a person...The show takes a sharp and very dark turn in its final third, however, and that’s where it loses its balance...This is the show’s dramatic turning point; it triggers Dixon’s disenchantment with Rose and a deep personal spiral. But it is also untrue...A distortion of such magnitude is ethically dodgy, and it undermines the rest of Dixon’s show." Full Review
for a previous production "Exceptional and stellar theatre…This piece of theatrical genius will sweep audiences away...A thoroughly delightful production that will nestle itself into the cockles of your heart before upending you into an emotional sinkhole from the likes of which there is only a rewarding and cathartic escape at the show’s conclusion. Remarkable, a tale worth telling, a story worth sharing, Ed Dixon’s performance will leave a handprint on your heart that will not soon be forgotten." Full Review
for a previous production "Alternately hilarious and riveting…Dixon not only acquits himself honorably as the playwright, but also as an actor portraying Rose...It becomes absolutely riveting in its last 20 minutes. Credit the sheer bravery of Dixon as a writer to crack open his sternum and reveal his bare, broken heart to this audience and credit Eric Schaeffer as director for establishing the final shift in tone so dramatically...See the hilarious and riveting Georgie to laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh." Full Review
for a previous production "'Georgie’ is exceptionally fascinating for the account of one human being's jumble of brightness and darkness. Ed Dixon has written and performed a play that is rare, a very personal account of a flawed friend and mentor…It is a mostly delightful story about a great actor and a flawed human being. It will linger with you after the lights go up and you hit the winter chill. I will never forget it!" Full Review
for a previous production “Dixon's stories about his relationship with Rose range from hilarious to heart wrenching…'Georgie’ is a powerful and passionate production that turns out to be more than the typical story of a mentor and mentee. Dixon's talent is remarkable and his dedication to his craft is shown in the way he approaches every character within this production…You endure Dixon's emotional roller coaster along with him every step of the way.” Full Review
See it if you want to see & hear great story telling about a great character actor of the NY stage. Dixon's impersonations of other actors is great.
Don't see it if if you are not a theater buff especially under the age of 40. You will probably not know any of the greats during George Rose's life.
See it if Bravura compendium of gossip & personalities of 20th Cent Bway but ultimately a profound acknowledgement of the light & the darkness of life
Don't see it if Theatre-lovers, miss this at your peril.
See it if you enjoy hearing about NY theatre from 1960 to now, and especially if you enjoy stories about great actors like Gielgud and Hepburn.
Don't see it if One-man shows--even brilliant ones--are not your thing.
See it if You're interested in B'way lore. Ed Dixon has created a deeply moving/complex tribute to his friend and mentor. Filled w/ laughs and tears.
Don't see it if Show business history or figures aren't your thing. Or if you aren't prepared for hillarity to turn dark.
See it if Dixon an extraordinary actor brings to life another extraordinary actor, with wit, intelligence, clarity, love, and gratitude.
Don't see it if If you could care less about the greatest stage actors of the past, like Laurence Olivier and Paul Scofield
See it if You consider yourself a theatre buff. These are some great stories (and so much more) from someone who was there. A peek behind the curtain.
Don't see it if You have no interest in old Broadway gems...stories of the glitz, glamour...and the not so pretty truth too.
See it if You enjoy tour de force story telling about a theatrical master, it's a combination of anecdote and revelation
Don't see it if You are averse to one person shows,but go anyway . Do not miss this one .
See it if Mesmerizing, you can't take your eyes off of Dixon. Blissful storytelling, vividly brings the great George Rose to life along with darkside
Don't see it if If you weren't around or don't know anything about Rose, play would be less compelling
See it if you don't know the life story of George Rose - (i only knew of My Fair Lady) & want to know his story told by a close friend-told masterfuly
Don't see it if don't want to know the dark side of an amazing actor. but really, don't we all have some sort of dark side??? go see it!!!
See it if You like a one man show. You do or do not know who George Rose is. You want to hear some very interesting history about a Broadway performer
Don't see it if You are not comfortable with a story about a great performer who has a dark side. You don't want to have many laugh out loud moments.
See it if I was enraptured by Ed's tale of his mentee relationship with Georgie. The ups, downs, funny stories, what died and what lived on.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy autobiographical solo shows.
See it if you like behind the scenes real-life show business stories
Don't see it if material isn't suitable for kids, who likely would never have heard of any of the people referenced in the evening
See it if If you love great one man shows and a marvolious retrospect of a great actor George Rose🌹
Don't see it if The ending is very sad. It exposes Roses most tragic flaw of sexual child abused that costs him his life.
See it if Ed Dixon's spectacular story telling about theatre icon George Rose is something you don't know you want or need, incredibly memorable
Don't see it if difference between Rose's stage persona and that of his private life is too much to bear, solo shows are not your cup of British tea
See it if You enjoy show biz tales and solo shows with great stories and impersonations of great actors such as Olivier, Hepburn, & Gielgud.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy solo shows and a show ultimately deals with very dark subject matter...SPOILER AHEAD...murder & child abuse.
See it if You enjoy listening to stories about George Rose, which are beautifully told by Ed, and it can be both funny and moving at the same time
Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, you feel disturbed to see people making fun of themselves & others.
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