Screen Plays presents "The Entertainer"

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Screen Plays: Hollywood's Golden Age on Stage will present "The Entertainer" by John Osborne June 22 through July 2 in the Fielding Stage at Geva Theatre Center.

Bill Alden, who portrays Archie Rice in the production, and Music Director Andrew Links discussed the show Monday during News 8 at Noon.

"Archie's a great character to play, not such a great to live as," said Alden. "But he is in the late 50's in England. He's an old vaudeville type actor. But vaudeville has declined to the point where it's lost all of its class. His father was a classy vaudevillian, and he is in the dregs. And so we see in the course of the play the decay of his family, the decay of the empire, the decay of the strength and power in England. And it's just kind of a morose, dark comedy actually! It sounds crazy, but it is a black comedy."

Links faced a true challenge to bring the music into the play. "It was a little difficult at first because the script does not have any written music," he explained. "I had to start only with the lyrics, and in light of that whole concept of decay, I borrowed some tropes from the music of that era, some various chord progressions, but almost intentionally making them a little behind, a little corny, a little on the nose. There is one song however that is outside of the music hall where it does deal with real death, and that feeling."

After the 2:30 show on June 25, Screen Plays: Hollywood's Golden Age on Stage will celebrate its five year anniversary in the Lipson Lounge at Geva. As part of the celebration, founder Karen Tuccio will announce the new season of performances.

For tickets to "The Entertainer" click here.


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