Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Theatre Reviews: Megan Gogerty Loves You Very Much

Have you made it down to Gilbert Street to see Megan Gogerty Loves You Very Much, yet? Tickets are going fast - and there are only three more performances! Check out the links below for the thoughts of a few reviewers who saw the show last weekend:

Loren Keller of CorridorBuzz.com called the show an "often-funny crowd pleaser." Click here for more of his review.

In her review in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Marcella Lee called Megan Gogerty "sharp, observant, sometimes caustic, but always funny" and even likened her to "a female version of Dave Barry." Click here for the full review.

Sharon Falduto, who reviewed on behalf of the Iowa City Theatre Blog, felt that Megan handled the more personal aspects of the show with "warmth but without sappy oversentimentality; when a moment threatens to get too Hallmark-ish, she brings the house down with a well-timed laugh." Click here to continue reading her review.

The show continues through November 30. Click here to order tickets online, or call the box office at 319-338-7672.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Behind the Scenes Look at Megan Gogerty Loves You Very Much

Hi, I'm Megan Gogerty. I'd like to take you behind the scenes of my new solo show, Megan Gogerty Loves You Very Much, opening Friday at Riverside Theatre.

So. Here we are. Behind the scenes. The scenes are in front of us and we, as they say, are behind them.


You probably want to know a lot of the inside dirt, huh? Some dish? Gossip? Well, let me tell you: I know where all the bodies are buried in this particular production!

[Wracks brain.]

Ooh, here's a good one. The lead actress? A real handful. She thinks it's all about her. Also, the director keeps telling her to put on more make-up. She's not sure what to make of this. Isn't one of the benefits of living in Iowa that nobody minds if you’re pale and pasty looking in November?

Of course, I'm pale and pasty looking in July, but that's another issue.

What else? [Thinks some more.] The writer keeps making changes to the text, which the actress promptly ignores.

It's rather schizophrenic, doing a solo show. Luckily, the director is also an accomplished actor and has written and performed quite a few solo shows himself, so he takes all the talking-to-myself stuff in stride.

Here's a fun game: When you come to the show, keep your eyes open for the red bird in Act Two. There is no red bird in Act Two, so if you see one, that means there’s something really wrong with you. And isn't it better to discover that sort of thing when you're among friends, enjoying yourself at the theatre?

I hope you like the show. My mother loves it. She hasn't seen it yet, but she assures me it's the best thing I’ve ever done. So I got that going for me. Which is nice.

- Megan Gogerty

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Megan Gogerty, Hillary Clinton, and Riverside Theatre

According to Megan Gogerty, her show opening at Riverside Theatre this weekend is really the story of how Hillary Clinton got her pregnant.

While she doesn't reveal all the details in her interview with Cole Cheney from CorridorBuzz.com, Gogerty said that "some things in national politics led me to move from California to Iowa and have a baby along the way."

Intrigued? We hope so! For the rest of the story about Megan and Hillary, as well as more hilarious personal and political tales -- make plans to attend Megan Gogerty Loves You Very Much!

Want more information? Visit www.riversidetheatre.org!

There are only 6 performances (November 21 - 30) and tickets are going fast! Call the box office at 319-338-7672 or order online.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Raising Medusa Auditions November 8!

Calling all actors!

Riverside Theatre will be holding area auditions for the world premiere of Raising Medusa by Barbara Lau on Saturday, November 8 beginning at 2:00 pm at the theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street.

The play is directed by Mary Sullivan and begins rehearsals March 2; production dates are April 2-19.

Roles are available for two young adult females: Maddie (able to play age 14) and Venesa (able to play punky teen as well as more mature ensemble roles). Audition requirements include a photo/resume, one contemporary monologue of 1-2 minutes, and cold reading from the script.

To sign up for an audition, please call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.

Please contact Jody Hovland at artistic@riversidetheatre.org or at 319-887-1360 with any questions.

Want more information on Raising Medusa? Visit www.riversidetheatre.org