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The Pasadena Playhouse rang the bell and opened its doors last week after a 9 month period of rebirth, if you will.
The opening play is a production featuring Ed Asner as one of America’s most beloved presidents, FDR.
Ed Asner, 81, not only is Franklin Delano Roosevelt — he is also the show’s director, looking properly presidential, filled with the passion and perseverance which made FDR such a grand and powerful president. I took my wife and mother in law Terry Mackenzie (who lived through the FDR years and whose family voted for FDR) to opening night last week.
She was awestruck by Asner’s ability not only to become FDR but how he remembered so many lines with historical accuracy. “I can barely remember where I left my toothbrush” she quipped.
We were enthralled by his astonishing performance, enunciation and eloquence in the way he delivered the lines. Without a doubt a terrific story, presented with such gusto and passion that perhaps only Ed Asner could do justice. You could feel the genuine passion this President had for his country and fellow man channeled through Asner.
I feel drama critics such as Los Angeles Times’ Charles McNulty, perhaps, needs to revisit the play
Aside from panning Asner’s performance in a recent review with nasty notes such as “monotonous rhythms” and stating that there were far too many Press Conferences, Mcnulty had the impudence to suggest that the Pasadena Playhouse’s future “ will depend on livelier fare” than that of FDR.
Most intelligent theatre goers long for such illustrious performances. The historical significance of which is perhaps all the more judicious with Tea Party republicans attempting to “take back” the country in the contentious mid-term elections.
Does McNulty expect dancing girls, ala Vegas and perhaps a 500 piece orchestra playing the French National anthem while the girls strip down to nothing. Now, while that would be lively fare indeed, but it’s not classic theatre as we know it.
Critics like McNulty seem to have lost the point. It is precisely plays like this that create and inspire. Inspire more study and perhaps more actors to tackle such a demanding role.
I left the theatre wanting to learn more about FDR and his cabinet but also more of his opponents, “Martin, Barton in FISHHHHHHHHHH…” As Asner pronounced the names of the three politicians who would do anything to undermine FDR during his time in office. Each time Asner mentions their names Martin….Barker….and FISSSSSSSSSSSH, with more passion than the previous recitation, the audience’s collective laughter could have blown the roof off the historic theatre. Martin, Barton and Fish were, of course, three Republican opponents of FDR’s New Deal policies
The play charts Roosevelt’s rise from a self described “Polio-inflicted upside-down turtle” to an extremely popular, four-term President of the United States.
The work covers a lot of ground: from the electoral wars with opponents like Wendell Willkie and Thomas Dewey, to FDR’s perseverance of not allowing his illness to cripple him, his strength and guidance leading the country out of the Great Depression, and his reaction when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor in 1941 where the famous words “A day that will live in Infamy” were born.
Critics such as McNulty said “When Asner isn’t mumbling or slipping into lethargic tones — which happens too often — he can be quite commanding.” McNulty, if ever there was an understatement, this is it! Asner was unassailable.
Fittingly and simply called FDR, the play tells the story of the former president’s life and his time in office relayed through a series of personal anecdotes. Ubiquitous humor and infinite humanity, the script explores FDR’s battle with polio, his journey to the presidency, the controversial packing of the Supreme Court, his marriage to Eleanor ( Babs ) and his affair with Lucy Mercer, the manipulation of Congress to get the draft, the courageous determination to break the Neutrality Act, and, of course, Pearl Harbor.
The role of FDR seemed tailor-made for Asner. As a long time political activist who jokingly refers to himself as “Hollywood’s resident communist,” Asner has spent a good portion of his life, not unlike Roosevelt, struggling for human rights.
The set is simple yet elegant. While the 83-year-old Playhouse — the second-oldest regional theater in the U.S. — Sheldon Epps, artistic director since 1997 should be delighted with not only the performance but the patrons’ response to the Playhouse coming back to life. The play will run through early November…
Throughout Asner’s long career, the actor has garnered a collection of industry trophies, including seven Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards and induction into the TV Academy Hall of Fame. Some Emmys were won for the dryness of his comedic touch in Mary Tyler Moore shows. Others were earned through tackling the role of the morally conflicted slave trader in “Roots,” and, of course, perhaps his most well-known role of the cantankerous newspaper managing editor in “Lou Grant.”
While I firmly maintain I am no theatre critic, I know what I like in Live Theatre. Witnessing Asner as FDR is , without doubt, a must do experience.
FDR opens performs 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through November 7. Tickets are $39-$69. Call 626-356-PLAY, visit the box office or visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
Rush tickets at $15 available one hour prior to performance subject to availability and must be purchased at the Pasadena Playhouse box office.