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I'll Say She Is

Timmer
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I'll Say She Is
Posted: 8/17/14 at 10:58pm
Has anyone been to see "I'll Say She Is"?

http://travsd.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/ill-say-she-is-opens-august-10-in-ny-international-fringe-festival/

I hope they take it on tour!
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macnyc
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joined:7/26/08
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Posted: 8/17/14 at 11:17pm
I posted my thought in the Fringe thread:

Just got back from I'll Say She Is, and I really enjoyed it. It's a recreation of the Marx Brother's first Broadway show, which had been largely lost. Filling in the missing parts has been a labor of love for the actor who portrays Groucho, Noah Diamond, and he is terrific. The other performances varied in quality, but it's really a fun romp, especially for Marx Brothers fans. The venue is beautiful, and the place was packed today, completely sold out. The show featured scantily clad chorus girls, a worthy Margaret Dumont portrayal, and a fun Harpo.

Edited to add: The beautiful venue is the newly renovated Sheen Center on Bleecker Street, specifically the Loretto Auditorium. What a nice facility! There's a black-box theater in there too.
yfs
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joined:11/1/13
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Posted: 8/18/14 at 12:20am
It's killing me that I'm missing this -- I've always wanted to see it since reading Harpo's autobiography in the early '60s. I hope they do it again for longer!

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themysteriousgrowl
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joined:11/10/10
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Posted: 8/18/14 at 07:25am

Here's a review from Time Out.
CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL BITCHY SNARK HOLES
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Mister Matt
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joined:5/17/03
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Posted: 8/18/14 at 09:45am
a worthy Margaret Dumont portrayal

Yay! She's a dear friend of mine.
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian
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MartyO49
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joined:10/6/03
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Posted: 8/19/14 at 11:25am
Just saw it yesterday also and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a bare bones restaging of what was a lavish revue in 1924. A lot of reconstruction and scholarship went into this production as the songs don't really match up to the program online at Playbill Vault. Kudos to everyone & the director came out with a funny sign at the curtain call.."If You Want Scenery, Go to Indiego" ..a real treat for Marx brothers and fans of old musicals.
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macnyc
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joined:7/26/08
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Posted: 8/19/14 at 12:00pm
If anyone is interested in seeing the first scene as the Marx Brothers did it, it's on YouTube. Apparently, the musical act that they all imitate differed from night to night. In the recent production, it was Al Jolson.



Marx Brothers' I'll Say She Is
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Kad
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joined:11/5/05
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Posted: 8/19/14 at 12:13pm
Growl, you didn't include a link...
My thoughts mirror that reviewer. I wanted to like it more than I did; unfortunately, much of the chorus/ensemble is genuinely very weak- also, the long transitions (which are all done by one harried stage hand, often involving multiple trips) are pretty inexcusable.

Also, the material that supplements the lost material - and a good portion of the rediscovered material itself- is Marx Bros. schtick that's recognizable (the opening song to the Napoleon sketch, the highlight of the whole thing, is basically the same as "Hooray For Captain Spaulding / Hello, I Must Be Going").


Time Out: I'll Say She Is
Updated On: 8/19/14 at 12:13 PM
Timmer
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/06
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Posted: 8/19/14 at 05:44pm
Yes, she's a friend of ours too.
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themysteriousgrowl
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joined:11/10/10
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Posted: 8/19/14 at 05:52pm

D'oh. Sorry. Thanks, KAD.
CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL BITCHY SNARK HOLES
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Mister Matt
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joined:5/17/03
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Posted: 8/21/14 at 12:46pm
Timmer - Really? We go back about 20 years. Had a wonderful time seeing her in May when I was in NYC. She's an absolute gem.
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian
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Broadwayhunk
Understudy
joined:5/22/10
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Posted: 8/21/14 at 03:58pm
How cool, I thought she had died years ago.
Timmer
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/06
I'll Say She Is
Posted: 8/23/14 at 11:45pm
I'll say she is.

Updated On: 8/24/14 at 11:45 PM
Timmer
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/06
I'll Say She Is
Posted: 8/24/14 at 06:29pm
I'd love to see a real run, not just a few days at Marxfest then a few days at the Fringe Festival, but a real run, either on or off Broadway, then I'd love to see it tour.
Timmer
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/06
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Posted: 8/28/14 at 08:44pm
Honk!
Timmer
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/06
I'll Say She Is
Posted: 9/6/14 at 12:58pm
You can say that again...but will you?

 
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