A sneak preview of my review of ROSE

by Lynn on January 24, 2019

in The Passionate Playgoer

At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts


From Gertrude Stein’s “The World is Round”

Music and book by Mike Ross

Lyrics and book by Sarah Wilson

Directed by Gregory Prest

Choreography by Monica Dottor

Set, lighting and projections designed by Lorenzo Savoini

Costumes by Alexandra Lord

Sound by Kaitlyn MacKinnon

Cast: Troy Adams

Michelle Bouey

Alana Bridgewater

Frank Cox-O’Connell

Oliver Dennis

Raquel Duffy

Jonathan Ellul

Peter Fernandes

Hailey Gillis

Scott Hunter

Raha Javanfar

John Millard

Sabryn Rock

James Smith

Adam Warner

Gertrude Stein’s small existential story of big ideas of nine-year-old Rose is given the big, bloated musical treatment by smothering it with too many extraneous songs, over-fussy direction and a desperation to make us like it.

Haley Gillis as Rose shines with a true honesty to find out who she is. Gillis’ scenes with Peter Fernandes as Willie are divine because these two are so human.

Full review soon

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