Rocky’s Review

If a less-than-stellar review of the National Theatre's new production of AMADEUS exists, I haven't found it. Adding the National to the Rose repertoire nine years ago was a coup and a pleasure that has only grown exponentially. Their productions are outstanding. And the technical expertise that brings this quality of entertainment to communities large and small around the globe is immeasurable. AMADEUS plays this Saturday and Sunday (2/4, 2/5) at 11:00 a.m. in the Rose.

     London press reviews of AMADEUS: "A thrillingly fresh and imaginative revival." - Independent.  "An epic piece of music-theatre." -Guardian.  "A note-perfect production." -Time Out.  "A soaring song of genius and jealousy." -Evening Standard.  5 Stars - Daily Times, Independent, Time Out, Sunday Times and The Stage.

     I'm pleased to be bringing back MOONLIGHT this Friday, one of my favorite movies of last year.  And I'm especially pleased that writer-director Barry Jenkins and his very talented cast are receiving wide recognition. Mahershala Ali gave an especially moving and emotional acceptance speech this past Sunday when he received the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role. 

     HIDDEN FIGURES continues to sell out nearly every show in the Starlight Room. The Screen Actors Guild awarded it Best Performance by a Cast.  It's an important story, and great entertainment. Advance tickets well advised.  The movie will be holding over in the Starlight for another week beginning this Friday.

     Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert - now there's a pairing I never would have anticipated.  Verhoeven directed TOTAL RECALL, BASIC INSTINCT, ROBOCOP, and SHOWGIRLS, among many other movies.  Huppert, one of the finest actresses, has appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions (THE LACEMAKER, 8 WOMEN, AMOUR, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, ENTRE NOUS), and is the most nominated actress for the Cesar Award. And now Huppert has garnered acclaim for her work in ELLE.  She received the Golden Globe award for Best Actress, and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work in this dark story about a woman who seeks revenge from the man who violently attacked her.

     LA LA LAND will continue to dance and sing its way into peoples' hearts for another week in the Rose. Enjoy.

     Next Week (2/10) we present the Oscar nominated short films - animation, live action and documentary.


See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room