Post Tagged with: "Resident Ensemble Players"

JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK at Resident Ensemble Players

Around the Region, Reviews March 15, 2015 at 10:34 am 0 comments

The working class tenements of Dublin, Ireland during the Irish Civil War period are not uplifting or contemplative places to set a theatrical production. Sean O’Casey set his Dublin trilogy of working class plays there, and The REP took a large gamble by including in their current season the piece […]

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Rollicking Good MILLIONAIRESS at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre, Reviews January 31, 2015 at 9:52 am 0 comments

Financial challenges abound in our workaday lives. Recovery from recession is appearing, the Fed continues to control the supply of money, people fight to have enough money to both live and thrive while enormous banks and the wealthiest 1% of the US population continue to grouse about governmental controls imposed […]

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MACBETH: A Throne Made of Blood at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre November 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm 0 comments

It is safe to say that everyone who walked into the Roselle Center for the Arts to see the opening of MACBETH presented by the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) was unprepared for what happened during the next two hours. Whether the audience has seen multiple productions or this was their […]

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Angel or Devil…America’s Choice: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART I: MILLENIUM APPROACHES at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre October 1, 2014 at 12:29 am 0 comments

Resident Ensemble Players (REP) began their new season with a work of importance and power, of selfishness and self-revelation, of emotional commitment and total disregard. ANGELS IN AMERICA PART I: MILLENIUM APPROACHES (ANGELS) is presented by REP as author, Tony Kushner, stated in his “Playwright’s Notes”. The stage is sparsely […]

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WIT: The Struggle Between Intellect and Emotion at REP

Professional Theatre May 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

Sanford Robbins’ production of Margaret Edson’s WIT at The Rep at University of DE, rolls up its sleeves and delves unapologetically into the struggle between intellect and emotion. The production is certainly not guilty of reinventing the wheel in a wonderful way in that it stays true to Edson’s Pulitzer […]

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Dealin’ with the Devil: FAUST at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre March 14, 2014 at 8:54 am 0 comments

To say FAUST was very challenging is understating the efforts put into the production written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and presented by the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) at the University of Delaware. Adaptor and Director, Heinz-Uew Haus, and a brilliant group of designers and technicians start slowly. The audience […]

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Did You Ever See Such A Sight In Your Life?…MOUSETRAP at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre January 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm 0 comments

Children are not aware of the dark and dangerous places from which many of their fairy tales and rhymes are taken. We learn as adults that “Ring Around the Rosie” was about the Black Plague and that “Hansel and Gretel” characters have been used to represent more evil as the […]

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The Mother of All Slapstick: THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre November 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

Education has always been a key aspect of theatre. Whether the production is spoofing current political mores or presenting the aspects of a particularly difficult social issue, a theatrical goal through the ages has been to educate the audience. The UD Resident Ensemble Players (REP) took this to an entirely […]

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Ignominy and an Iguana: NIGHT OF THE IGUANA at Resident Ensemble Players

Professional Theatre October 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm 0 comments

The Resident Ensemble Players (REP) performing on the campus of the University of Delaware have started their sixth season with an ambitious undertaking. With an experienced guest director, Ed Stern, and a solid acting company known to the audience to be multi-talented, REP succeeded in bringing the audience into the […]

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Nothing’s Rotten In the State of Denmark: HAMLET at the REP

Professional Theatre March 10, 2013 at 10:14 am 2 comments

It’s shockingly rare to be able to actually catch a professional production of the most famous play ever written, but you have an excellent chance to do that right now at the REP in Newark, DE. A perfect production of this play is impossible, and this is no exception. However, […]

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REP Breaks the Mold with THREEPENNY OPERA

Professional Theatre January 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm 0 comments

I confess to walking into the opening night performance of Bertolt Brecht’s THE THREEPENNY OPERA at the REP with something akin to unbridled excitement. Although my theatre education did not completely neglect the German playwright, this was my first time attending a production of his work. University of Delaware professors […]

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Professional Theatre December 7, 2012 at 8:30 am 0 comments

For centuries the theatrical construction called farce has existed with sustained audience acceptance. The key aspects of a production of farce are: improbable situations, mistaken identity, stylized performances and verbal dexterity on themes of various levels of sophistication. Resident Ensemble Players (REP) is bringing their version of a classic French […]

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Resident Ensemble Players Season Opener: THE WEIR

Professional Theatre October 7, 2012 at 9:19 am 0 comments

With fall comes the beginning of the REP’s fifth season, Conor McPherson’s THE WEIR. Well noted in the publicity as well as the notes provided by Artistic Director Sandy Robbins, this play is considered one of the greatest of the 20th century, in one poll (Royal National Theatre) it tied […]

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REP actors Michael Gotch as Ned and Carine Montbertrand as Irene in FEVER. (Photo credit: N. Howatt)

A Must-Catch FEVER at the REP

Professional Theatre May 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm 0 comments

One of the great joys of attending shows performed the Resident Ensemble Players, the University of Delaware’s professional company, is that after a few productions, it becomes clear that the actors have developed a shorthand with one another, and are able to slip into relationships comfortably and quickly, allowing the […]

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Getting By With More Than THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH

Around the Region April 26, 2012 at 11:38 am 0 comments

Going to the REP has it’s own special joy, one unseen in most parts of this country: a chance to see the same nine actors exploring a variety of texts and characters, often with remarkable results. Having now seen the entire 2011-2012 season, it is appropriate for me to give […]

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Extraordinary Performances Mark Resident Ensemble Players’ OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD

Around the Region March 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm 1 comment

Normally it is producers and fledgling, self producing directors who argue for the necessity of theatre in a world where such pursuits may be considered frivolous, lewd and a waste of time. It is therefore fascinating to take in an exploration of the good of theatre in a full length […]

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Around the Region January 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm 0 comments

Martin McDonagh is a perfect fit for the REP at University of Delaware. For those unfamiliar, the REP is the Resident Ensemble Players, a professional, Actor’s Equity-sanctioned company in Newark, Delaware, hosted by UD. The productions are always visually stunning, supported by a master’s degree program in Technical Direction, meaning […]

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Resident Ensemble Players Present Enjoyable NOISES OFF

Around the Region November 23, 2011 at 11:03 am 0 comments

If you have never seen NOISES OFF, stop reading this review, order your tickets for the production by REP, and then come back to it. It is a must see for all theatre professionals, enthusiasts, and appreciators. The script is tight, the action strictly defined, and the laughs start about […]

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THE LITTLE FOXES: A Fine Example of Classic American Theatre

Around the Region October 4, 2011 at 11:41 am 1 comment

Walking into the Thompson Theatre at the University of Delaware, if you haven’t before, is worth the price of admission by itself. A gorgeous, enormous theatre greets you with a vivid red curtain, and the space speaks of infinite possibility. Lillian Hellman’s THE LITTLE FOXES, presented by the Resident Ensemble […]

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