Will Rogers was a great American humorist and philosopher. His understated humor is sage wisdom, but does not make for compelling theatre, in spite of a nice presentation by Neil Thackaberry at Actors’ Summit.
There’s a lot of love going around Actors’ Summit for American folk hero Will Rogers, the legendary trick roper, humorist and film star who entertained the country from the Roaring ’20s through the Great Depression. Neil Thackaberry cuts a gum-snappin’, cowboy-hat-wearin’ figure as the loquacious Rogers. But on opening night Friday, he slid in and out of a subtly folksy accent back into his normally clipped elocution, which didn’t help his characterization.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.
For 90 non-stop minutes, Thackaberry as Rogers regales with pithy aphorisms and wry observations on subject matter ranging from American Indians, politics, medicine and education to foreign policy and war, sentiments that sound uncannily contemporary more than 75 years later.
To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News