- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of Geffen Playhouse
Chasing Mem’ries premiering at the Geffen Playhouse this month has all the elements of a surefire hit: The ‘play with music’ was written (and directed) by Josh Ravetch co-creator of one of my favorite nights in the theater, Carrie Fishers’ Wishful Drinking; the songs – both classic and new – come from the beloved songbook of three time Academy Award winning lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman; and the cast stars Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey, Gypsy) and Robert Forster (the versatile stage veteran who made his Broadway debut in 1965; featured in 100+ films, yet this is his first musical).
The story centers on Victoria, a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she’s loved… and the love of her life. It is a beautiful ode to love, loss, pain, joy, nostalgia and our resistance to the passage of time. But the real stars of the show are the songs that fits seamlessly into the dialogue and circumstances.
Because the songs are central to the show’s theme and tempo, I am glad they chose to cast actors who could sing rather than singers who act.
“This is a touching, luscious, triumphant piece of theater.” – Norman Lear
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