Singing “Savoy” at the Algonquin Salon

Just some pix…enjoy! Review of “Ruddigore” by Rob Staeger

Full text here

“And to a one, the cast does an excellent job…only rarely are there glimpses of the hospital personas beneath the Ruddigore characters: just enough to be funny, but not enough to distract.

One exception to this is Sierra Rain’s [sic] performance as Ruth, one of the professional bridesmaids. Ruth (also the name of the patient she plays) keeps her puppet Matilda with her at all times, singing and communicating through it exclusively. It’s so completely part of her that there is a moment toward the end of the play when you realize how artificial that unity is. The moment has the effect of watching a magic trick performed, with awe and heartwarming wonder.”

“ review by Martin Denton · April 27, 2009” (or: My First New York Review!)

Personal History of Sierra Item # 718,283,192! My first New York Theater Review!

I’ll let the full text of the review speak for itself, but here is the juicy, Rein-flavored part:

“Fuller has adapted the piece by adding a framing device that places this performance in a Maine mental hospital—the staff and a few of the patients are the players in the operetta-within-the-show. This set-up, if not absolutely necessary, adds a layer of lighthearted whimsy and allows for some playful gags, the best of which is the use of a puppet (Matilda) as one of the professional bridesmaids. Sierra Rein “plays” Matilda and she is superb—if G&S can’t encompass Avenue Q-style theatricks, then who can?” – Martin Denton · April 27, 2009 ·