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posted Friday, March 9, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 10
Irving Berlin comes to life at Seattle Rep!
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Irving Berlin comes to life at Seattle Rep!

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN
SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE
Through March 18


Oy gevalt! (Holey moley!) So much meshugah schmaltz in this story! (So much crazy chicken-fat!) A schlemiel (a nobody) turns into one of the great American song writers and Hershey Felder tells you all about Israel Beilin growing up to become Irving Berlin.

There is a bit of a rocky start to the biographical one-man show as you get used to Hershey Felder's delivery. It's very New York and a bit odd, as sometimes his voice gets elliptical and weirdly low and at first his piano-playing is uneven. But then& But then, a kind of hypnotic charm flows from him and the character deepens and the storytelling and the unbelievably good music of Irving Berlin peeks out and starts working its magic.

Felder is a connoisseur of one-man biographical presentations. He's created evenings about George Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein and is creating one about Claude Debussy for an April, 2019 production. He has toured this evening of Irving Berlin music since 2014.

Felder starts our journey on a 'unit set' (it's a set that does not change and is 'one place') of Irving Berlin's living room appointed in such a way that it's clearly Christmas-time. We hear carolers singing a Berlin song. Felder talks to a wheelchair bound Berlin - but the chair is empty. It's almost like a Clint Eastwood moment. He tells the chair that he's going to invite the carolers in because they don't even know the history of what they're singing. Of course, the carolers are us.

Felder explains he is the 'younger' Berlin and tells us of his history in becoming the well-off and well-known Irving Berlin. He describes as impoverished a life start as any impoverished person can have. While the evening tends a little toward a Wikipedia entry come to life (Felder is careful to date and time everything), Felder also contextualizes society's attitudes and prejudices, as well.

The set, a handsome living room, is designed by Felder as well, and the walls and large portrait over the fireplace look entirely fixed. But wonderful projections by Christopher Ash and Lawrence Siefert change the look of the wall entirely. Pictures of Berlin's early life or projections of movies flow across the wall immersing us in the descriptions in a visceral way.

Clips of movies that Berlin participated in, and moments of his songs, remind us of how many iconic moments this man has brought our country and even the world. The anti-Semitism he faced, and the barriers he had to overcome, are stuff of legend, and make for compelling storytelling.

Felder plays us songs and tells us details, many amusing, about Berlin's struggles and his triumphs. There are also stories of the songs that some person or other rejected that landed in his storage, somewhere, maybe a piano bench, and never saw the light of day. Or, like 'God Bless America,' they saw daylight only after years had passed and for some reason Berlin was led to dig it out.

Yes, there are Sing-A-Longs! Yes, you'll just have to sing with 'em! It's infectious. And even for this reviewer, a tear-jerker. By the end of the evening, I double-dare you not to have fallen in love with this production and the evening.





For more information, call 206-443-2222 or go to www.seattlerep.org.



Discuss your opinions with SGNCritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters. More articles can be found at MiryamsTheaterMusings.blogspot.com.

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