ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?

Jungle Red
Broadway Legend
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 12:39pm
I have an opportunity to see ROAD SHOW in San Francisco. Tickets are only $15. I haven't heard a lot about it. I am a huge Assassins fan, if that makes a difference.

If you've seen it, let me know how it ranks with his others. I know it has a bit of a history.

I may see it to say I saw it, but I don't want it to be a terrible experience.
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tobiasragg
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 12:45pm
I'm sorry but what a dumb question. $15 to see Sondheim's ne'er performed, presumably last musical? Shut up, buy a ticket, and see the show.
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Jungle Red
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 12:48pm
That's what I'm thinking too.
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dramamama611
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 02:24pm
I really liked it, but didn't love it. Go for it.
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themysteriousgrowl
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 02:27pm

No
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ARTc3
Broadway Star
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 02:31pm
"terrible experience"

Its theater. How terrible could it be. You might be bored at the very worst. Go!
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 02:33pm
I didn't like it very much at all, but I know lots of people (mostly die-hard Sondheim fans) who did. Personally, I'd say skip it.
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JBroadway
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 02:41pm
I live in San Francisco, and when I heard they're doing Road Show, I immediately decided to see. I'm a huge Sondheim fan. And while it's far from Sondheim's best, the show is so rarely don that I think it would really be a treat to have the opportunity to see it. I for one, will definitely be seeing it.
ARTc3
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 02:47pm
Who's doing it? What theater? Company? etc.
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themysteriousgrowl
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 03:06pm
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Jungle Red
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 04:17pm
^^WIN!
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WOSQ
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 04:50pm
Always see as many shows as you can. Road Show has serious problems, but as the saying goes, "Nobody ever learned anything from a hit".

The worst it can be for you is awful. But that's all.

Actually, don't miss it.
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EricMontreal22
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 12:03am
It's not a long show, either (I believe the current version runs a bit over 90 minutes in one act.) As a diehard Sondheim fan it may be, after minor shows like The Frogs, the recording is one I have the least desire to ever put on and revisit, but when I do I always find more in the show that I enjoy.

This all sounds like suggestions to not bother, rather than to go, but I'd agree with most on here that you should. For 15 dollars, and it looks like a decent theatre company, *and* you are at least sorta a Sondheim fan, I think it would be worth it -- it's a show I would jump at the chance to actually see. (Besides, I am sure that AfterEight who hates Sondheim and, well, nearly everything paid much more for his experience to see it.)
Jordan Catalano
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 12:05am
It was only 90 minutes? Because I could have sworn I was in that theater for a week.
EricMontreal22
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 12:34am
Sorry, 9 days.
Jordan Catalano
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 01:18am
That makes more sense.
Jungle Red
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 11:09am
Tickets purchased for Wednesday night. I'll report back after 9 days.
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ChairinMain
Featured Actor
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 12:00pm
I got a buddy in this (the guy playing Hollis.) I'm going tonight. I've heard good things about the production, and, I guess I'm in the minority, but I like the show. (My understanding, from a few friends who have seen it multiple times, is that it worked better without Alexander Gemignani or Michael Cerveris)
BJR
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 01:48pm
I saw the production last night and, while it was a preview performance, it was emabarrassingly terrible..

I'm a huge Sondheim fan and was familiar with ROAD SHOW, but hadn't seen it in New York. So, I was thrilled to be able to finally seen the whole pice. And while Rhino is quite a small company, so low production values can be expected. But the staging was outright clunky and terrible. Tthe work here was just incredibly bad.

See it if you're curious; I doubt ROAD SHOW will play again soon. But set your bar very low. Like bad community theater low.
Jungle Red
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 03:25pm
I love the little theaters in San Francisco. I recently saw SF Playhouse's Storefront Church and I saw Buried Child last year.

I don't really equate small theaters with bad production values.
"Bill Clinton is the ultimate whore! He stole Madonna's crown." -Jim Colyer, on 10/29/2012
indytallguy
Featured Actor
joined:7/13/08
ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 03:57pm
For folks in or visiting Chicago, Gary Griffin (who directed a sublime CST Follies) directs a March 14-May 4th production for Chicago Shakepeare Theatre.


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Updated On: 1/4/14 at 03:57 PM
Hest882
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 06:19pm
BRJ, hopefully it improves. We're seeing it in two weeks. I'm not a fan of the music, but it might be one of the few chances I'll have to see an actual production. For the price and convenience, I figure I shouldn't miss it so I can at least see it staged once.
EricMontreal22
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 06:51pm
Would love to see a Griffin directed version.
BJR
Swing
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ROAD SHOW. Should I see it?
Posted: 1/4/14 at 08:53pm
I'm happy to have seen the piece, familiarizing myself with it beyond the recording. And it pains me to make any more comments, because it was that painfully amateurish.

Would love to see a Gary Griffin production.