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New York | 1h 50m | Ends Mar 02

Maverick

From 1 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

This world premiere drama tells the story of its co-author's experience collaborating with Orson Welles in the months leading up to his death.

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In early 1985, then-video production company owner Frank Beacham embarked on a groundbreaking creative journey with revolutionary technology—the Betacam—and a true entertainment Maverick, Orson Welles. With the first handheld camera and recorder combination, the two were meant to revolutionize the way art gets made—bypassing the gatekeepers and putting the responsibility of art back into the artists’ hands. Told through a series of flashbacks, including glimpses of Welles’ masterpieces "Citizen Kane" and "Touch of Evil," and featuring cameo characters of Hollywood legends like Merv Griffin and Zsa Zsa Gabor, as well as TV host Robin Leach, "Maverick" traces the last great artistic endeavor of a multimedia mastermind that was intended to change the playing field forever.

1h 50m | Ends Mar 02 | Connelly Theatre (East Village)


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Plays to See

“In this pleasant and meandering memory play, we are told over and over that Welles was a genius...but we are never really shown this, and Welles and the many other characters...feel like only the outlines of people...It is overstuffed with short scenes and undeveloped characters...Frank himself never emerges as a full character...We don’t really feel how this extraordinary experience has affected him, even while we’ve enjoyed spending some time ourselves with Demas’s Orson." Full Review


75
Clever, Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you'd like a glimpse of Wells, mostly in his declining years. Some good acting, lights and sound but something is missing to improve this.

Don't see it if you do not like a lot of scenes or actors playing multiple roles. The story has promise but it's in need of further development.

74
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like Orson Welles or theater about theater. It's an entertaining portrait of a fascinating man in winter trying to return to his spring.

Don't see it if Their Orson was impressive, but the other characters were a little flat.

73
Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Good acting and a decent story about Welles. Good directing and lighting.

Don't see it if If you want a story that needs development and more work to it.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Demas is superb as Writer, Director and Actor. Orson Welles lives again. Clever use of huge stage. Memories Memories.....

Don't see it if Public Transportation problem esp in the rain..... but worth the trek)....... ............................. Katz's Deli is nearby....

82
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want an inside view of the genius of Orson Welles and the desire of frank Beacham to be part of that brilliance at whatever it cost him.

Don't see it if You are not familiar or interested in Orson Welles, citizen Kane, the magnificent ambersons, the third man and his last film, touch of evil.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you want to learn more about Orson Welles as a creative artist.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate actors playing multiple roles.

Also George Demas is an excellent Orson Welles.

80
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a brief history of what made Orson Welles great, and how his later career ended before his sudden death

Don't see it if you are not familiar with Mr. Welles and are too young to get the references to performers and celebrities of the 70's and 80's

Also Mr. Demas excellent as Orson Welles, and a fine job by Mr. Pilkington ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging, Mesmerizing

See it if you want a real understanding of what this great man was like. Demas conveys convincingly his charm and intellect, and yes, a peek of genius

Don't see it if You don't care about Welles or find a trek east of Avenue A to be too taxing. The theatre was VERY cold the night I was there.

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You you admire Orson Wells and have an interest in the business of show business.

Don't see it if you don’t know the importance of Orson Wells in Hollywood history.

78
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if You meet Orson Welles a few months before he died. If your like Orson Welles.

Don't see it if You want a fast pave story. Do not like Orson Welles.

Also Check out some of his movies, you may like them Citizen Kane, The Magn... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Dry, Intelligent, Great writing, Informative, Enthralling

See it if You are interested in an enjoyable, informative play about the genius of Orson Welles

Don't see it if you are only interested in light entertainment.

76
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Intelligent, impassioned but patchy bio-drama has Welles disenfranchized from 1970's film community Well staged & acted by leads to no avail

Don't see it if Demos as co-writer, co-director & lead actor scarily recreates the late-life megalomaniac Welles Play seems a mirror image to last film work

75
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Good acting

See it if you're interested in the Welles mystique, the influence of genius and the history of film-making.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully polished script. The story could be more riveting and stakes increased. Not much on the line, story-wise.

75
During previews
Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You want to hear Welles’ cadences and verbiage captures. Are interested by the conflict between high art and practicality in film.

Don't see it if You mind the more interesting themes being broken up with needless meta comments and breaking of the fourth wall.

73
During previews
Extraneous characters, Interesting backstory, One great performance, Tedious script

See it if you are intrigued and want to be wowed by the amazing George Demas in a tour-de-force channeling of the great & mysterious Orson Welles

Don't see it if you have a short attention span and cannot forgive all the script detours, repetitions & unnecessary characters in this play

Also Oh, how I wish this was a George Demas one man show, sitting in an arm... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Romantic, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see the story of one of America's tue geniuses and his attempt to recapture some of his magic in the waning days of his life

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that might more reflect the projections of Welles' last collaborator than who Welles was at the end of his life

69
During previews
Interesting subject, but slow and banal

See it if You are interested in Orson Welles

Don't see it if You're looking for excitement or insight

68
During previews
Fractured, Smart concept, Only intermittently interesting

See it if you'd like to see a theatrical evocation of the great stage & screen director Orson Welles, with a focus on his floundering final years.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play about Orson Welles to be anywhere near as exciting as the man's work.

Also The strongest thing about “Maverick,” a theatrical evocation of the gr... Read more Read less


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