I completely understand that it sounds odd to hear a performance of a play that is based around someone dying described as "is incredible" but it is exactly that! I read the book before rehearsals began and cried like a baby.
The play is a bit different as it does have some comedy in it....even up to the very end. Jamie Furlong, plays Morrie Schwartz and Scotty Johnson, plays Mitch Albom. The two of them together are fantastic....you can really buy into the roles they are portraying and they have so nailed the timing and delivery of every funny moment. I have seen them do this same play over and over and over.....and each time I didn't think they could get better....but they did.
Awesome Review found in the Messenger: Here.
"Morrie" is memorable
By Pat Slayton Published Thursday, July 15, 2010
It was my great pleasure to enjoy the intimate venue at the Decatur Visitor's Center for the Off 380 Players production of "Tuesdays with Morrie." I have been a season ticket holder almost all of its 10 years, and this was the best performance I have seen.
Jamie Furlong as Morrie was convincing and inspiring as the dying sociology professor, but the outstanding range of emotions displayed by Scott Johnson as Mitch Albom was amazing. Under the skillful direction of Ray Cornelison Jr., the audience felt as if they were privy to a very private conversation.
I encourage all of you to attend one of the remaining three performances this weekend. But take a tissue along as there was not a dry eye, male or female, at this afternoon's performance. Bravo for the talent we have here in Wise County.
Pat was not the only one to state, "...and this was the best performance I have seen." I heard three different people during Sunday's show say the same thing.
I have been involved with plays before when the director will tell the tech crew/stage hands to be sure to laugh at the "funny parts" or be sure to clap at certain parts to help cue the audience. This play needs absolutely no cue from the crew at all and the mention was not even spoken by this director, Ray Cornelison, Jr......who is a pretty confident guy (rightfully so). During Sundays "curtain call" when the actors come back out to the stage for applause - the audience was already on their feet clapping like crazy with huge grins. The ones that weren't taking part in this standing ovation were digging for a kleenex, napkin or (in one case) a neighbors shirt sleeve to wipe the tears away.
I'm telling ya.....don't miss this one. Seriously. There are only three shows left and then your chance to really experience it will be gone.
July 16th and 17th at 7:30 am or July 18th at 2:30 pm. Performances held at The Decatur Visitor's Center at 106 So. Trinity - right off the square in Decatur across the street from The Messenger.
Reservations/Info at http://www.off380players.org/.
If I were you, I would get there early because each show is sponsored by a local business (this Saturday's sponsor is my personal favorite) and they provide refreshments for the show. There is not an intermission because the play is really not that long....annd you can say hi to me in the tech booth. I'll even give you an autograph! Oh - and beware - Sunday's matinee did not have very many seats left open at all.....I suspect this coming weekend will be packed.