CityRep Bringing Fun and Fantasy to OKC in June
Charlie Ross Performs “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy”
Almost 40 years ago, we stood in line at the North Park Mall waiting for ‘Star Wars’ first night opening in Oklahoma City. It was a long line, but starry-eyed, the sweetie with the tickets led on and we waited for Bob to show up. (Bob was often late, but always there, so clearly he would show, just before the doors opened) There has always been and will always be a special place in the hearts of those baby boomers seeing the first 3 episodes released…Episodes 4, 5 and 6 (with 1, 2 and 3 to come). It didn’t consume us, (only dressed up as Princess Leia once), but it was a turning point in movies and a turning point in our lives. Seeing the movies again almost recaptures that youthful expectation, that confidence in the future, that hope for mankind. Can anything equal that first time? Not exactly, but Charles Ross does a great job of bringing all the fun back to our hum-drum aging lives. Interestingly enough, these feelings are universal, it’s not just baby boomers, millennials still in bloomers and everyone in between immensely enjoys “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” just as much; after all they love all the classic Star Wars as well!
It is a privilege to have Charles Ross come to Oklahoma City. Ross has written and directed the show since 2001 with ‘no costumes, no set, no props and no talent’ according to a number of his interviews. ‘No talent’ must be more self-deprecating humor because he has an uncanny knack for developing uniquely accurate voices and mannerisms of over 105 characters (including those done for “Lord of the Rings” and expressing these voices with rapid fire changes. Each character is recognizable and accurate as Ross tells the story through selected scenes. It is quite easy to fill in the blanks for those who have never seen the movies, or for those who see the movies regularly, or the few that only saw the initial releases 40-odd years ago. “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” is hysterically funny; Ross has fun with the characters—he doesn’t make fun of the characters. They retain every aspect of integrity as the original personas and they are quite true to life, and that is the foundation of the humor. Ross builds on that humor with his ability to transition to and fro between each distinct personality and capitalizing on the human comedy along with the extra-human foibles that endear us to them all.
There could not be a better time to immerse yourself in a fragment of the past that is firmly rooted in the present, and the time begins June 14, 2017. In celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the first release of “Star Wars” in 1977, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre brings Charles Ross to the Freede Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall for 6 performances beginning Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The second performance is Thursday, June, 15, and Ross takes a break on Friday. He’ll need it because on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, there are two performances, a matinee and an evening. The curtain is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, but Sunday the play begins at 7:00 pm. The matinees on Saturday and Sunday are at 1:30 pm.
CityRep is responsible for bringing great entertainment to Oklahoma City, classy and fun and “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” is a gift from CityRep to an audience needing a laugh, a boost and a friendly memory. A moment when everyone knows who the good guys are from the moment the spaceship slowly encompassed the entire screen with no strings attached in 1977, to the moments when strings are attached to everything in 2017. Flick on your light saber and come along to laugh and remember the glorious simplistic truth. Visit CityRep at www.cityrep.com for further information and tickets or call the box office at 405-848-3761. The Civic Center Box Office is 405-297-2264. The Civic Center is located in downtown Oklahoma City at 201 N. Walker Avenue. The Freede Theatre is located on the north side of the building in the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
Courtesy of Don Jordan, the following simplifies days and dates. Thank you for leaving a comment
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 AT 7:30
THURSDAY, JUNE 15 AT 7:30
FRIDAY, JUNE 16 AT 7:30
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 AT 1:30 AND AGAIN AT 7:30
SUNDAY, JUNE 18 AT 1:30 AND A SPECIAL 7:OO PM TWILIGHT EARLY CURTAIN.
Tickets at cityrep.com or by calling the civic center box office 405 297 2264
………………………………………………………………………….Seating is available many performances…Better call soon!
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