February 26, 2014 - March 23, 2014
By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Derek Goldman
MAGNIFICENT! THERE IS A COMPELLING REASON TO SEE THIS PLAY. HIS NAME IS BRUCE NELSON. NELSON, AT THIS POINT IN HIS CAREER, HAS BECOME A REGIONAL TREASURE. THERE ARE SOME ACTORS WHOSE PRESENCE IN A CAST, WITHOUT MORE, CONSTITUTES SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION TO SEE A SHOW. THE PRESENCE OF NELSON IS SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION TO DRIVE FROM WASHINGTON.
- DC Theatre Scene
'THE DRESSER' IS A WELCOME OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE A PLAY THAT CELEBRATES THE ART AND HEART, THE ILLUSION AND ADDICTION TO THEATER.
- Baltimore Sun
A STUNNING AND MOVING PRODUCTION, IT'S THE BEST YET OF THE SEASON. SCHURR'S PERFORMANCE AS SIR IS BREATHTAKING. NELSON GIVES A STELLAR PERFORMANCE AS THE DYNAMIC NORTON.
- DC Metro Theatre Arts
MR. NELSON AND MR. SCHURR FORM AN IMPRESSIVE ACTING DUO...WITNESS A PAIR OF STERLING ACTORS WORKING BRILLIANTLY AT THEIR CRAFT.
- Baltimore OutLoud
Both hilarious and heartbreaking, The Dresser is a backstage tale of life upon the wicked stage and the power that theatre has to lift the human spirit in times of great strife. As Britain is under attack from German aircraft, a group of traveling, ragtag Shakespearean players tours the English countryside performing the Bard's tragic masterpiece – King Lear. Sir is the last of the great actors of a generation that has since passed. As he prepares to play his 227th performance as Lear, he suddenly realizes he cannot recall his first line. It is only his dedicated and loyal dresser, Norman, who would do anything to help lift his master, that can bring the once-great actor to the stage for a final curtain call.