StoPD (Support and Training to Overcome Parkinson’s Disease) presents a revival of Odets' drama about an aspiring violinist who is given the chance of a lifetime when a prizefight producer offers to sponsor the him as a boxer. More…
Although the allure of big money is tempting, the musician must also weigh the risk of permanently injuring his hands and destroying his artistic career. Clifford Odets’ 1939 play is brought to life with period-accurate set and costume design by the Room 15 Theater Group. Starring two actors living with Parkinson’s Disease, the performance seeks to give a voice to the Parkinson’s community. Proceeds will be donated to StoPD to fund new programs in New York and Los Angeles.
"The production, co-directed by Aaron Latham and Graydon Gund does not pull any punches. Alex Montaldo is a feisty Joe Bonaparte...Montaldo gives Joe an innocence that is both starry-eyed and street-wise...Shetler, who voices most of the tragic content of the play, is particularly effective...'Golden Boy' is not without humor...If 'Golden Boy' hits the mark artistically, one hopes it also helps in the effort to deliver a knock-out punch to Parkinson’s." Full Review
"There are several moments that feel misinterpreted to me. The actions and inflections are occasionally counterintuitive to the dialogue they present...The large cast works very well together...The two shining elements of this show are the costume design and the remarkable violinist...It was enticing to hear the music amidst the action of the show. It was a charming production." Full Review
See it if You want to experience a well acted masterful story that still has relevance. Cudos to the violinist. Gritty and appropriate set. Good actin
Don't see it if You can’t find your way to Dumbo and don’t like dated yet still relevant dramas.
See it if you're a fan of Odets; enjoy occasion to hear beautiful, live solo violin accompaniment; and ready for 2-1/2 production (w/ break) in Dumbo.
Don't see it if you need fast-paced dialogue, compelling characters, or contemporary story (this is set in '37), or a comfie seat.
See it if you are interested in American plays from the 1930s and/or Clifford Odets and his most successful play-& to support a good cause.
Don't see it if melodramas or plays with boxing as a central feature don't interest you (but think about all the plays & movies with boxing out there.)
See it if You want to see the revival of a well written play, that gives a voice to people with disabilities.
Don't see it if You've already seen a production of this play before, are not interested in "the price of success" kind of story
See it if You like stagings of classic American plays; if you like Odets and period pieces; archetypal characters.
Don't see it if You want something new, fresh, original, and fast.
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