Rondi Reed in August today

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Rondi Reed in August today#1
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:04pm
For the final performance.
Updated On: 6/29/09 at 02:04 PM
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#2
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:07pm
You mean as an audience or playing Mattie Fae, I imagine as an audience but still.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#2
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:10pm
I assume that she's playing Mattie Fae. Seems kind of stupid to post a thread for her being in the audience.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#3
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:10pm
Performing! Yay.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#4
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:14pm
Sorry my phone won't let me correct the spelling of her name in the subject.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#5
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:23pm
What happened to Elizabeth Ashley? Good for Rondi.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#6
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:30pm
Yeah, my friend just told me she is in today! Was this a widely known appearance or is it a surprise? It's so exciting!
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#7
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:33pm
I think it's a surprise. I really wanted to be there tonight, I can't believe I'm missing it. It's such an event, I hope it goes marvelous and that plenty people report on it.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#8
Posted: 6/28/09 at 2:49pm
Lucky! I loved the performance I saw on Friday, but I didn't care for Elizabeth Ashley's scenery-chewing.


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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#9
Posted: 6/28/09 at 5:32pm
Today's audience is infinitely better off with Rondi Reed than they would have been with Ashley's cartoony mess.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#10
Posted: 6/28/09 at 5:41pm
I just want to say, for the record, that I thought Liz Ashley was brilliant, and my mom, with 30+ years of theatregoing, felt the same way.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#11
Posted: 6/28/09 at 5:43pm
I agree with Rudy2, I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Ashley, and know more southern women like her, than like Rondi Reed.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#12
Posted: 6/28/09 at 6:17pm
I really like Elizabeth Ashley. Then again, she was the only Mattie Fae I saw.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#13
Posted: 6/28/09 at 6:28pm
Ashley was wonderful as Mattie Fae. As was Reed. They both took the role in different directions but it worked well both ways. I prefer Reed (although I think it's a bit crazy that she won the Tony over Mary McCormack, the only thing I liked about BOEING-BOEING) but both were very strong.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#14
Posted: 6/28/09 at 7:57pm
So when is the last time, if ever, has someone performed in a play and musical on Broadway in the same day?
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#15
Posted: 6/28/09 at 8:06pm
Let alone a 3+ hour play and a 2+ hour musical. That's over six hours.

Kudos to Reed, who by the way, especially didn't want to call out of WICKED because this evening is an Actors' Fund performance.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#16
Posted: 6/28/09 at 8:23pm
Well she called out of the Wicked matinee (assuming there was one).
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#17
Posted: 6/28/09 at 8:27pm
^There was..I give her so much credit for doing both.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#18
Posted: 6/28/09 at 8:29pm
That's pretty intense, especially doing something as mammoth as AUGUST (especially tonight of all nights) and then getting in full costume for WICKED. Good for her, that's pretty crazy.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#19
Posted: 6/28/09 at 8:43pm
I cannot wait to see her in AWAKE AND SING next year. With Amy Morton directing. Yes, please.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#20
Posted: 6/28/09 at 8:59pm
What a treat to see her today. I was amazed at how easily she was able to slip back into the role.

I was surprised at the lack of speeches/etc. after the performance.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#21
Posted: 6/28/09 at 9:02pm
That's awesome that she returned to the show for the final performance. I wish I could have been there to see her again, but I'm happy I saw her during previews. I'm definitely gonna miss this one. It really is an amazing play even though it didn't do too well @ the box office some weeks.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#22
Posted: 6/28/09 at 9:12pm
Times said that Liz Ashley called in sick.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#23
Posted: 6/28/09 at 9:32pm
As does playbill.com.
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re: Rhondi Reed in August today#24
Posted: 6/28/09 at 9:37pm
That is what the stage manager said before the performance.

Rondi was great, as was the rest of the cast.

Besides a second curtain call, and the cast taking pictures of the audience on their way out, nothing really extra for the final performance, which was a disappointment.
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