Aug
2006

Rudy, you're a star…

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Performing in this year’s Midtown International Theatre Festival is my favorite fabulous friend Rudy. The show is Fleeing Katrina, “A collection of monologues which tracks astounding journeys spawned by America’s most epic natural/manmade disaster.” And if you recall, I blogged about his evacuation story a lot last year.

It opened this week and the reviews are out! Here is one from NYTheatre.com but the one from TalkinBroadway.com is more in depth (and a rave!) 😉

I don’t know if their links die or not, so I am gonna go ahead and paste in the 3 paragraphs devoted to Rudy:

The portraits the actors paint, if never riveting, are all at least sensitively detailed. But only Rudy Rasmussen transcends the ordinary to achieve something more: He’s telling his own story, of all but forcibly evacuating his parents from their home, of experiencing firsthand the unnecessary anarchy that erupted in public places and hospitals alike, of the ineffectuality of public figures such as Geraldo Rivera, Al Gore, and even President Bush.

While Rasmussen’s program bio cites acting credits, his work is the evening’s most casual and least polished, suggesting – can it be? – that his words are being delivered extemporaneously. That kind of informality in a piece as delicate as this one – which already struggles under the weight of Kellerman’s awkward staging – could prove highly volatile. But Rasmussen’s corny jokes, silly digressions, and wide-eyed disbelief at the occurrences he describes make even the better of the other monologues seem overly mannered and actory.

It’s possible they might better capture their subjects’ inner spirits, but only Rasmussen achieves the true goal of Fleeing Katrina: finding reason in escalating randomness. However ragged his delivery, he’s the shot of adrenaline capable of making the pedestrian profound. Without it, the show is merely a theatrical exercise that tries too hard to approximate the heart and soul of the city and people it claims to be celebrating.

6 thoughts on “Rudy, you're a star…

  1. Ha! No he doesn’t. It didn’t factor in to his evacuation story, but I am sure the audience would have loved it if it did!

  2. I am sitting here just giggling…

    “Manbulance” LOL

    Imagine the number of men he could have saved in that thing.

    PS I miss me some Daisy

  3. Hi Daisy! I was looking for more reviews and found your website. Very cool! Cute photos too. I sent Off Broadway reviewer, Matthew Murray, an e-mail about his mistake lumping Al Gore as one of the “ineffectual” public figures. Looks like he changed the review. This morning it reads: “… of experiencing firsthand the unnecessary anarchy that erupted in public places and hospitals alike, of the contributions (helpful or otherwise) of public figures such as Geraldo Rivera, Al Gore, and even President Bush.”

    Hope you and Andy are doing well. Take care!

    Love,
    Karin (Rudy’s sister)

  4. How great for our Rudy!!! Doing what he does best – talking and making us laugh!!!
    I miss me some Daisy too!!!

    Kyle

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