THE WEST SIDE WALTZ

It’s a family affair at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum as the legendary Grandpa Walton’s eldest daughter Ellen Geer, her sister Melora Marshall, and Ellen’s daughter Willow Geer make theatrical magic in The West Side Waltz, Ernest Thompson’s captivating slice of 1980s New York life. Ellen stars as the irascible Margaret Mary Elderdice, longtime resident of an Upper West Side high-rise, who’s been keeping folks at arm’s length for decades, her largely lonely life made even

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The West Side Waltz

Playwright Ernest Thompson revisited his Broadway play The West Side Waltz for the Theatricum Botanicum’s 2022 summer season. The original Broadway production debuted in 1981, starring Katherine Hepburn. The fresh rewrite stars the timeless, nuanced Ellen Geer as widowed and isolated pianist Margaret Mary Elderdice. Her co-stars are Melora Marshall as Cara Varnum, a violinist who is Margaret’s one friend, and Willow Geer as aspiring actress Robin Bird. This deconstructed 21st century version of the play is

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The Golden Geer “Girls” Are in High Gear: Golden Pond Meets Golden Girls

THE WEST SIDE WALTZ: Theater Review Thompson’s reinvigorated Waltz waltzes over from Ibsen, O’Neill and Chekhov character-driven territory to a Bertolt Brecht and Clifford Odets-like social drama. ~by Ed Rampel In this day and age of superheroes deluging the big screen with their derring-do, it’s a delight to discover a production performed on the live stage about three very real women grappling with the various vicissitudes of everyday life. This revised revival of playwright Ernest

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THE WEST SIDE WALTZ at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

June 25 – October 1, 2022 Forty-one years after its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, starring Katharine Hepburn, Ernest deconstructed his script for The West Side Waltz. In the world premiere of Ernest’s newly revised, heart-filled story set during the tumultuous ’80s, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s artistic director Ellen Geer; her sister, Melora Marshall; and daughter Willow Geer take on the roles of an aging concert pianist, her violin-playing spinster neighbor, and a would-be actress on

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