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An American Story for Actor and Orchestra 

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 14 2013
Price: $60-$65
For a writer, actor, and singer, Hershey Felder is a heck of a pianist. That much was obvious in his first one-man show, the biographical George Gershwin Alone, where Felder found unexpected colors and textures in everything from well-worn pop standards to hoary old Rhapsody in Blue—but when it came to talking and singing, he was disabled by his own stuffy acting, an indecisive voice, and a script that ranged from dutiful to melodramatic to inexplicable. After the popularity of Gershwin Alone, its star capitalized on the good thing he had going. He created three more one-man shows about famous musicians—Chopin, Beethoven, and Bernstein—catering to an older, well-heeled demographic and showing off his exemplary piano playing. In his new venture, An American Story for Actor and Orchestra, currently at the Royal George Theatre, he's fatally altered the formula. This time he's not a musician. He's Charles Leale, an army surgeon and the first doctor to tend to Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination. Felder acts and sings his way through a bulky, unsubtle script to the accompaniment of a ten-piece orchestra. He never touches a piano. The results are about what you'd expect. Continue reading >>

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