Monday, April 20, 2009
Two Playbills UP for Mary Stuart and The Watercoolers
As loyal readers of this blog [all eleventeen of you] know,
we enjoy following the professional pursuits of our artistic friends. The last year has seen a resurgence of activity, with records released, shows and showcases played, plays produced and performed, movies released, and awards received.
Today, we celebrate those young Room 137 alums, Robert Stanton and Thomas Michael Allen.
Robert, who was mentioned just two weeks ago in our preview post for Gigantic*, is back in the Mulenews: Mary Stuart opened on Broadway to excellent reviews.
I'm not a theater critic, but I can rely on others. The New York Times called the play "spectacularly entertaining"! Reviewer Ben Brantley especially liked . . . Robert Stanton as a terminally naïve courtier.
Thomas Michael Allen, our lifelong friend [well, since age 14], was also in the news. Tom has enjoyed a tremendously successful career on stage and screen [co-creating the ubiquitous smash Tony n' Tina's Wedding, among other things], and his performances on the stage, television and film often have been featured on this here blog. In late February, he joined his wife Sally to receive a Spotlight Award for their ensemble production The Water Coolers.
Tom recently turned his sights to transforming the hit off-Broadway show, which he created and co-wrote, into a self-sustaining company. The company produces shows nationally, and was awarded the outstanding ensemble production by the premier corporate events organization in the world.
* Jestaplero, PMT, and Muleboy all caught a screening of Gigantic in Manhattan. Review forthcoming; Thums Up!