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GatsbyReview East Bay Times‘Gatsby’ lays on the melancholy 

By Sam Hurwitt

Role Players brings a stripped-down version of the Fitzgerald Classic

It’s the wild parties that people remember about “The Great Gatsby” and the Roaring Twenties opulence. But F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel is ultimately an expression of contempt for that shallow excess and the people drawn to it like moths to the flame.

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Review: A Glittering Gatsby

By Susan Steinberg

The glitz and glamor of the Jazz Age lights up the stage at Danville’s Village Theater, where Role Players Ensemble is presenting “The Great Gatsby” through May 1.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel has been the source of several extravagantly over-the-top movies in which the elaborate décor upstaged the human drama. The most recent version filled the screen with glitter, bubbles, fireworks, and crowd scenes that often resembled a three-ring circus, numbing the senses.

Paring away the Hollywood effect, the play focuses on the problematic characters. Behind the brilliance and carefree appearance of these super-rich New Yorkers there is the ugly reality of criminal activity, hedonistic pleasure-seeking, and callous disregard of human feelings and even life itself.

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Role Players Ensemble ‘Good People’

By Jim Strope

The Role Player’s production in Danville has everything you want from an evening of theatre.

David Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Good People’ discovers Margie, a down-and-out single mother from South Boston, invading the home of her former boyfriend, a successful doctor. His wife Kate tries to preserve decorum but the characters push through all obstacles in pursuit of their selfish objectives.

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Review: 'Good People' - a Very Good Show

By Susan Steinberg

“Good People” – it’s an unassuming title for a powerhouse production currently stunning audiences at Danville’s Village Theatre.

Playwright David Lindsay-Adaire’s earlier play “The Rabbit Hole” won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, and this new work, which took the Tony Award for Best Play in 2011, has since been popular all across America. Seeing the Role Players Ensemble cast of veteran actors inhabit this crackling script is an impressive experience of virtuoso professionalism.

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Review: Class tensions boil over in 'Good People'

By Sam Hurwitt

Social class is a thorny subject in a country where one of the main articles of faith is that supposedly anybody can become a millionaire. Of course, that's not the same as saying that everybody can become a millionaire: The system depends on a working class doing the actual labor to create more wealth for the people at the top of the food chain. There always has to be somebody at the bottom.

David Lindsay-Abaire's play "Good People," which Role Players Ensemble is performing at the Danville Village Theatre, examines that class divide with an unsparing eye. Set in the playwright's hometown of South Boston, the story confronts someone who imagines himself a self-made man, who got out of the poor neighborhood through his own hard work, with the added fact that he had help and lucky breaks that his old classmates didn't have.

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Review: See Steamy 'Streetcar'!

By Susan Steinberg

“STELLL-AAA!” The desperation of Marlon Brando’s primal yowl to his estranged wife still echoes iconically through America’s memory.

Even those who have never seen the famous movie recognize the line, and local fans can experience both the film and the gripping live presentation this month in Danville.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” made a blazing entry into American theatrical history in Tennessee Williams’ startling 1947 play about sensuality, sensitivity, brutality, and compassion in the steamy back streets of New Orleans.

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Review: 'Leading Ladies': Madcap Merriment

By Susan Steinberg

The latest hilarious gender-bending hit, “Leading Ladies,” is tickling audiences at Danville’s Village Theater now through November 15. In the classic tradition of such favorites as “Some Like It Hot” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” playwright Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me A Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo”) has hit all the high points of this popular genre.

Included are the traditional comical sight-gags of men trying to balance awkwardly in ladies’ high heels, the discomfort of feminine undergarments and stockings, fussing with padded bras, and the constant concentration on producing high-pitched vocal tones, all combining to make the show described as “Shakespeare meets Billy Wilder” a great laugh-riot.

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