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Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent
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The NYC premiere of Ed Dixon's solo show about his 20-year friendship with two-time Tony-winning character actor George Rose.... Read 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.

 
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83
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75
The New York Times

"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

60
Time Out New York

"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

85
Theatermania

"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

85
The Huffington Post

"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

85
Lighting & Sound America

"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

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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

80
AM New York

"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

90
Times Square Chronicles

“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

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NorthJersey.com

"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

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TheaterScene.net

"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

85
Woman Around Town

"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

75
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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

90
NY Theatre Guide

"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

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"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

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Out Magazine

"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

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BroadwaySelect

"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

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Off Script with Dan Dwyer

"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

90
Theater Pizzazz

"“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

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CurtainUp

"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

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Front Row Center

"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

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The Huffington Post

“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

90
DC Theatre Scene

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

80
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "What starts out as a sweet remembrance of a friend and mentor becomes an attempt to come to terms with the fact that a beloved friend could be capable of unforgivable behavior. The way the show is structured by Dixon and directed by Schaeffer, the audience comes away feeling some of the same moral uncertainty and personal loss as the performer...Dixon's triumph is that he managed to accept the best part of Rose's life, his transcendent talent, and otherwise has moved forward." Full Review

85
MD Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Part biography, part memoir, part eulogy, and part confession. It is, however, every part theatre; theatre about theatre, as it happens...While there is certainly plenty for the ‘civilian’ to enjoy in 'Georgie' there is no doubt that an aficionado of the theatre will find a depth and breadth of references which will delight...Dixon’s performance is superb, and, together with Schaeffer, who also directed the piece, they admirably handle a word-heavy 90 minutes of theatre." Full Review

90
DC Metro Theater Arts

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

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87
Avg Score

79
Intense, Entertaining

See it if you like one-man shows about famous Broadway actors. The show is a little fluffy in the beginning, but gains riveting intensity by the end.

Don't see it if you want a big, extravaganza of a show with a happy ending.

85
Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You enjoy entertaining storytelling in a one man show. However, the play goes much deeper than than just stories. Ed Dixon is a marvel.

Don't see it if You like bigger productions or you aren't interested in older theater productions.

85
Sad, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like one man shows. This one is beautifully acted and personal. It starts light, but moves to a dark place. Good, but be aware.

Don't see it if if you want something purely light and fluffy. I wouldn't recommend this for a date night or children.

82
Entertaining, One man show, Storytelling, Theatre-centric

See it if You are charmed by old stories of the theatre. You area fan of George Rose.

Don't see it if If you are bored by one-actor, storytelling shows. Can't listen carefully for 90 minutes.

Also While the writing isn't particularly sharp, the performance is enterta... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you're a theater buff; enjoy behind-the-scenes tales of the private lives of public people; appreciate excellent story-telling

Don't see it if you don't like one man show in bare bones staging; you might find some very ugly truths revealed to be intolerable

Also Ed Dixon is an absolutely masterful story teller. The show is totally ... Read more Read less

97
Great acting, Intense, Must see, Riveting, Great writing

See it if Want to see an amazing one man show. Well written and first rate storytelling

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows is the only reason to pass it his one

72
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You are not extremely familiar with George Rose. This one man show will open a window into his life both " private "and on stage.

Don't see it if You are not exactly a theater aficionados, after 20 minutes you might find yourself bored. And the ending is quite " dark " and disturbing.

85
Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you're theater enthusiast. Ed Dixon brings to life actors whose names I have only heard. He is charming, graceful and terrifying by turns

Don't see it if one person, bare stage shows are not your thing.

85
Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Bittersweet

See it if You're up for an exuberant retelling and celebration of George Rose, theatre and life in the 70's, and a deep friendship turned dark.

Don't see it if You're homophobic, have an aversion to theatre gossip, one-person autobiographical monologues or disliked George Rose to begin with

Also Ed Dixon's bravura solo performance, channeling the late George Rose a... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, In the end, harrowing

See it if you enjoy solo shows, theater lore, and are especially interested in George Rose.

Don't see it if you want to remember George Rose with rose-tinted glasses. The age Dixon cites for the boy is younger than reported & it turns us agnst Rose

85
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like autobiographical one-man shows, you like quirky people, and/or you enjoy backstage anecdotes.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows.

88
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You appreciate superb story telling by an admirer of a fascinating character with a legendary career. Ed Dixon really admired George Rose.

Don't see it if If you want more than one person's opinion on the worthiness of a fellow performer's life.

92
Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Riveting

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.

Also I did not know who George Rose was and I thought this would be a good ... Read more Read less

27
Banal, Disappointing, Musical style presentational acting

See it if you like theatre stories. This is a show only for those who live and breathe the theatre.

Don't see it if you prefer good acting to B'way style musical presentational fare. The sensationalistic aspects and not unexpected and are exploitative.

90
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Spectacular story telling, Comic/tragedy

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

94
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Entertaining, Outstanding!

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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if U enjoy an intelligent exploration of life and theater career of a grand old queen of the theater (with a dark side) told by master acolyte

Don't see it if You can't take swift change in mood - this expertly veers from comedy - with great impersonations - to dark circumstances of Rose's death

80
Engaging, Fascinating, Enthralling

See it if you are interested in theater history and spectacular character acting.

Don't see it if you want something visually elaborate--or if you dislike one-man shows.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Dixon brings anecdotes to life, You wish your life could be that interesting

See it if You enjoy theater and theater history and wish to see it brought to life by a consummate performer.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, even entertaining ones.

Also I was originally a bit reluctant to see this one, as a friend had told... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

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!!!

85
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy an entertaining and historically enlightening bio of George Rose through the eyes of his friend Ed Dixon.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows in general; you are totally uninterested in George Rose; you are homophobic.

89
Spellbinding story-teller keeps you in the palm of his hand

See it if you'd like to sit down by a fireplace on a cold winter's eve and have an entertaining pal regale u with stories & impressions of Rose's life

Don't see it if you're offended by gay banter or, more importantly, child abuse. That one issue will color your judgment of the title character.

Also Dixon is superb & has the audience charmed from the start & wrapped ar... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

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.

94
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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 .

95
Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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