“Ultimately, if you are looking for a unique local theatre experience produced by some of the best talent in town, Orson’s Shadow should be your next stop. Even if you aren’t a theatre nerd, you’ll enjoy watching these characters ‘Strut and fret their hour upon the stage’ musing upon life, age, fame, and the slow dimming of their characters spotlights.
"The solid center of sensibility and support that all the men in the room rely on for calm and reason."
"His role as comic-relief can help modern audiences parse through some of the old-school film and theater jokes, many of which his character is unaware of."
"The famous and the forgotten."
How could a man who has everything before him lose his way?" says Sir Laurence Olivier (Larry to his friends) in the last few moments of the Cyrano’s production
of Orson’s Shadow. Indeed, most of the cast of characters - Orson Welles, Sir Olivier, Vivian Leigh — have their best work behind them and are
struggling to remain relevant as movies and (gasp) television become more important than the stage.
That fact might be even more interesting when you realize that playwright Austin Pendleton was himself a broadway actor who also found work in films (The Muppet Movie, Catch-22) and television (St. Elsewhere, Frasier). It was on the set of Catch-22 that Mr. Pendleton worked with Mr. Welles himself and had tea once with Vivien Leigh, who is portrayed in Orson’s Shadow as a manic, hyper-sexualized aging actress still known mostly for her film portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.