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MISERY at Bucks County Playhouse
Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-01 09:26:21


At an eerily quiet moment in MISERY, it’s hard to tell if that’s the sound of the waterfall that runs next to the Bucks County Playhouse, or blood gushing from the stage.

Last night I saw the world premiere of Stephen King’s MISERY and I take my hat off to Jed Bernstein, Johanna Day, and David Korins. Johanna Day’s performance as Annie Wilkes is the most terrifying performance I have seen in years. Her Annie will turn on a dime at the smallest provocation and is the epitome of unstability. David Korins’ intimate scenic design seems to cave in on itself as the play progresses. At each scene change, his bedroom piece appeared to move further downstage, bringing the action ever closer to the audience, and making the penultimate scene take place inches from our faces.

This developmental production is a gem and I hope it has a life beyond Bucks County.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-02 20:31:00


Anyone making the trip down to New Hope to see it?

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Posted by songanddanceman2 2012-12-02 20:45:18


I don't get why he has adapted this to the stage when there is already a successful and published adaptation that has enjoyed many productions including a West End run

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Posted by SNAFU 2012-12-02 21:06:16


aasjb I have been waiting to hear reviews. Have been working on it here in Brooklyn and haven't had a chance to get down and see it. Sandy screwed up production time BIG time eliminating two weeks due to power outages!

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Posted by MillieDillmount 2012-12-02 21:14:05


I'm so glad someone posted about this! I love Stephen King, and I've been curious to know how this movie will work on the stage since I sadly won't get to see it at Bucks County. Now reading what you wrote I'm even more bummed I'll be missing it. I'll love to hear more about it. I too really hope this play will have a life outside of Bucks County!

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Posted by Scarywarhol 2012-12-02 23:31:47


Would love to hear an opinion from anyone who is familiar with the other version on which is superior.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-03 01:42:59


i want pictures or something!

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Posted by missthemountains 2012-12-03 02:16:59


SNAFU are you working on a production of the licensed version by SF? I tried to apply for the rights recently and got denied and I was told that the rights have apparently been restricted for sometime and I live in NY too.

The version by Moore as far as I'm concerned is pretty flawless (with the exception of the ending) and would be curious as to how this version differs. Also calling it a World Premiere might be a little misleading seeing how it has already been done, right?

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-03 02:35:12


These are two different versions.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-03 02:45:47


This is the World Premiere of THIS play, written by William Goldman. There have been a few other productions of Simon Moore’s adaptation.

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Posted by missthemountains 2012-12-03 02:50:13


I am aware that this a different version, but I think to say that it is a world premiere is stretching the truth. It is a world premiere of THIS adaptation but not of the story on stage in general.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-03 05:38:44


I disagree that it's misleading. THIS version has never been seen on stage. Period.

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Posted by once a month 2012-12-03 09:22:42


How long is the run? Being a local, I have to see this.

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Posted by SonofMammaMiaSam 2012-12-03 09:34:59


It closes here this Saturday

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Posted by AC126748 2012-12-03 10:06:21


I really hope this has a longer life outside of this production. In fact, I can't imagine it not. No offense to the lovely Bucks County Playhouse (a wonderful theatre in a wonderful town), but this seems to have a lot of star wattage (cast, crew, and author) for just a one-off in a small regional theatre.

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Posted by SonofMammaMiaSam 2012-12-03 10:12:37


I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these short out-of-town runs at the BCP. The new owners and staff are very Broadway connected and it plays back to the origins of the theater.

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Posted by SNAFU 2012-12-03 11:24:27


It is Goldman's version and has the movie studio's money behind it. I think it ran only 11 performances. What I am guessing it is a test run. Waiting to hear what the future of this is.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-03 11:50:44


For the record, it IS still running through this weekend.I got tickets no problem Friday morning for that night's show. The house was barely full and we moved up to the front row.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-08 17:35:19


Bumpers. It closed today, did anyone else get to see it?

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Posted by philly03 2012-12-08 17:49:23


"I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these short out-of-town runs at the BCP. The new owners and staff are very Broadway connected and it plays back to the origins of the theater."

Am (was) a local too - they are really trying to "redevelop" the image of the Playhouse from the past couple of years, I know I'm certainly glad to see it happening. They've had a couple of short runs with some nice Broadway names in there (Jill Paice, Ron Bohmer, etc) and some huge stars (Tyne Daily and James Earl Jones were there in October, in another premiere of sorts I think), but only two performances. Good for the playhouse!

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Posted by ACL2006 2012-12-09 00:01:40


It also seems like they've made it simply an equity house. far removed from the days of it's low budget summer stock shows.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-09 00:12:38


^It is in fact an Equity house now.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-12-09 00:47:22


I love this old Theatre (and town).
Saw many shows there in my youth and also got to work there later.

Have they done much work on the physical building?

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Posted by philly03 2012-12-09 01:55:36


Minor renovations from what I've heard (inside .. sans mold, etc)... It got badly flooded from '08 onward a few times, its in a terrible location. New Hope's a great little town and always seems to come back, yet the theatre seems to dud away for months after the town's recovery.

I'm sure the summer months will be filled with college talent/stock productions, but considering the finances it needs a serious revamp now. One of the last years I lived there it was generally filled with 5-10 of such productions of popular titles like "Jekyll & HYDE," "Oklahoma," "South Pacific" and the sort (several times)... Glad to see it gaining some new momentum.

It's always been an equity-friendly house.. But now they want more "equity-talent" because they were literally on the verge on bankruptcy... They were from closed from late 2010, if I'm not mistaken until this summer.

They also run two theatres in nearby New Jersey in the summer that will continue to run the "stock/college" productions, one of which is an outside venue.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-09 02:02:11


The entire place was gutted. What used to be only ratty black walls, floor, and falling-apart red seats, is now wooden floors, wooden chairs with purple detail and stone walls, painted purple. The renovation really is beautiful, and reminded me of the Second Stage Theatre.

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Posted by philly03 2012-12-09 02:11:29


^My bad then, I always remember the wooden floors but I was still thinking the red "golden-age" chairs, etc. Must've not realized it when I was there.

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Posted by perfectliar 2012-12-09 19:39:43


I live right across the bridge from the playhouse but sadly didn't get to see Misery; I heard mixed things about the adaptation but only praise for the performances.

A few notes on the BCP: don't run the Open Air Theatre anymore; that's run by the same people who used to work at the BCP, but it's not associated with the BCP any longer. As aasjb mentioned, the renovation was pretty extensive, and it looks gorgeous inside now.

James Earl Jones and Tyne Daly did a fundraiser reading of Love Letters, not a premiere. Justin Guarini and Jill Paice are among the Broadway actors appearing in their next production: It's a Wonderful Life.