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.
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.
"Demas is terrific as the auteur-magician; he might not be as big as Welles was in 1985, and his voice is not as deep and resonant, but he wonderfully captures Welles’s deceptively whimsical nature, intense curiosity...and endless imagination and charm....There’s a franticness to it all that matches the legends of Welles’s working methods, where anything could happen at any moment, all overseen by an iconoclastic mastermind and ambitious visionary who was so often ahead of his time." Full Review
"The play’s style is stark, terse, and direct, like the text. The gray garb of all participants except the three leading players creates a pleasant monotone sense of a black-and-white film—Welles’s métier...Not as exciting as it could have been, perhaps, 'Maverick' offers a welcome glimpse into an earlier era of theatrical activity, and into the personality of a genius who burst like a flaming candle onto the scene and, sadly, flickered out at the end.” Full Review
“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
"Boring is not a word often associated with Orson Welles but that’s what 'Maverick,' a leaden theatrical fantasia based on his monumental life and career, manages to be...Instead of an artfully whimsical take, this adaptation gives us a lumpy Welles 101, ticking off familiar events laden with the tritely imparted theme of the artist versus cold Hollywood capitalism...The bare essence of a plot tediously revolves around the development of a new video camera." Full Review
See it if you are interested in Orson Welles. It’s a very interesting story which focuses on his later life.
Don't see it if you only like linear shows. This show jumps around in time, but it is pretty easy to follow.
See it if you're a film buff or fan of Orson Welles. Acting is solid and good production values for small play. Some insights about Welles.
Don't see it if you don't know anything about Orson Welles or his films. Play assumes audience understands context and references.
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.
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.
See it if you are interested in Orson Wells, his work, his methods & the people who worked with him. Small cast does a marvelous job of multitasking
Don't see it if one note megalomaniacs are not your thing. The play consists of many short scenes that fail to meld into an emotionally satisfying whole.
See it if You want a tale of the later life quirks and times of all things Orson. It could use some external creative eye to trim/punch up the show.
Don't see it if An 'in' story of Welles doesn't interest you.
Also I was glad I saw this interesting tale.
See it if you, like me, ever imagined what it might be like to work with a true genius - and how that would change your life - in all of its facets.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of non-linear storytelling, or only enjoy a 'proper' play. This is a dynamically staged but non-traditional presentation.
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....
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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