The most outstanding, performance this season Lakeside has to have been Roger Larson in “Visiting Mr. Green,” a play by Jeff Baron produced by My, My, How Nice Productions.
We could have been in New York at a fabulous $200 dollar a night off Broadway theatre. That is how it felt at the Bravo theatre. His portrayal of an embittered, 86-year-old Jewish widower was a wonder to behold. From the moment he shuffled onstage to answer the front-door knock that opens the play he didn’t miss a beat. Every nuance, every tiny shake of his elderly hands were all in character. Not a moment was forced. True, honest unsentimental acting of this caliber is usually only encountered in New York, LA or Toronto but here in a role that reveals his true abilities as a performer we have Roger Larson creating a character and performance for us that goes beyond and into the world of the consummate professional. He made this small-minded old man as disagreeable as the author intended. And the real trick is, he made it look easy. Larson’s mood swings were both delicately suggested and disarmingly real. Score one for bravura performances, senior division.
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