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I HATE HAMLET : A FUN NIGHT OF THEATREANTICS @ THE GUILD

Are you on the lookout for some witty comedy, a good bit of escapism?! The Guild Theatre’s current production should fit the bill.

This is a a very witty and clever play by American writer Paul Rudnick.  The main character is sensitive young soapy star, Andrew Rally, who is going through a lot of stuff and the play’s central question is whether he is going to be able to keep it together.

The play starts with Rally having moved from the suburbs to an apartment in the Big Apple. He has made the move because the television network pulled the plug on the soapy series in which he starred as a charismatic Doctor and has had to find new work.

He auditions and wins the role of Hamlet in a production taking place in Central Park. His agent tells him that, many aeons ago, the great Shakespearean actor John Barrymore lived in the very same apartment. Can you tell where this is going?! Continue reading I HATE HAMLET : A FUN NIGHT OF THEATREANTICS @ THE GUILD

Moonlight and Magnolias @ Guild Theatre ROCKDALE

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Inset pic- A duel of bananas or laughs? shows (L to R) Rachel Miller, as Miss Poppenghul, secretary to David O Selznick; Greg Kenyon as David O Selznick; Robert Mason as Ben Hecht, screenwriter; Paul Miller as Director Victor Fleming. Featured pic- ‘Actors hard at work rehearsing M&M at the Guild’ shows (L to R) Paul Miller as Victor Fleming; Greg Kenyon as David O Selznick and, asleep on typewriter, Robert Mason as Ben Hecht. Production photos by Craig O’Regan of wcimages.

Everyone knows about the enormous success of the movie Gone with the Wind. What few people know is that not long into the shooting of the film the movie was in desperate straits and it looked as if the film would be canned. It is this revealing piece of cinema history that forms the basis of Hutchinson’s wildly funny play, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS.

It is 1939 in Hollywood and producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of Gone with the Wind. The screenplay just doesn’t work. What is Selznick going to do?! He summons screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming and gives them five days to rewrite the script.                     Continue reading Moonlight and Magnolias @ Guild Theatre ROCKDALE