The View From Here #169: Winter/Spring, 2016!
The Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre is now under the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)3 organization!
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|Through the glare you can see the seemingly incongruous juxtaposition of the|
"Shakespeare's Histories" graphic against the "Greatest Speech" graphic.
|Pete & Betty|
|Happy Pete in Idyllwild|
|Babies R Delicious|
Guys, guys, guys! I just saw Tim Mooney's "Breakneck Hamlet" at SETC, and you GOTTA see it. It's going to be at Orlando Fringe this year. It's like Shakespeare, stand-up comedy and Shakespearean studies education had a baby. -- (Ashleigh Ann Gardner)
Tonight I saw Tim Mooney's "Breakneck Hamlet". It is masterfully performed and written. You don't need to know Hamlet to enjoy the show and if you know Hamlet, well you'll find something new to the play you've never seen before. I've read this play more times than I can count and I still learned something new tonight I had never known. Mooney straddles the line between Shakespeare scholars and non-theatre goers. See this show!! - (Renee Elizabeth Newlove)
Much more grounded and true to the original material than its cartoonish counterparts… His face and body are expressive without being over-the-top (suggestion: watch his eyes). There are no goofy accents or costume changes, just one man’s talent, skill and enthusiasm. All the famous words are here and with Mooney’s recitation, they finally make sense… I never cared much for Hamlet… But tonight my opinion was changed in 45 minutes. It could happen to you, too. – (Mallory Moad, KingsRiverLife.com)
|Photo by Bob Marcotte|
A one-man performance… that entertained, educated, and established Mooney as a stalwart Bard actor… making his rendition one for the fringe festival ages. Mooney’s stellar commitment and fluid pacing was exhausting but pleasing to watch… This was a one-man Hamlet done right! -- (Marc Gonzalez, The Roadto 1000)
This one-hour soliloquy whirlwind was difficult to weather without a seatbelt... Mooney's explanation of the innuendos and history added something extra to a typical production... Overall it was a great performance -- perfect for anyone who loves Shakespeare and/or lacks the patience necessary to sit through a full production. - (Rory Appleton, FresnoBeehive)
Tim "that Shakespeare Guy" Mooney is undoubtedly a well-trained, well-versed Shakespearean actor. His diction is impeccable, his movements are clear and precise, his stage presence, friendly and engaging. Within seconds into his performance of "Breakneck Hamlet"... I knew I was in the hands of a professional; someone who is as familiar and fond of what is, perhaps the pinnacle English play as I am. By the time Mooney launched into Hamlet's first soliloquy, I found myself jealous I hadn't come up with the concept for his production myself. What a fun and rewarding idea, from an execution standpoint. Getting to perform all the best monologues from multiple characters in a great play, all at once? Sign me up! - (Haley White, "What's My Call Time")
|The Breakneck Hamlet Companion, on display at the|
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Tudor Guild Gift Shop
|The Astoria Bridge to Washington (from my hotel room)|
|Astoria Bridge at Sunset|
Racing off again, I had a very quick visit with Joe Proctor in Spokane (still waiting on his heart transplant!), and crossed the mountains into Idaho and Montana, just ahead of a winter storm that was threatening to slow me down amid the treacherous passages.
I crossed back to Chicago in record time, where I started the latest “mega-mailing,” emailing to 15,000 faculty around the country. Usually I don’t begin this process until the tour has wrapped up, but with a significant amount of down-time between performances, I figured that I might catch teachers BEFORE they left on vacation, while they might still have a chance to consult with colleagues. (It seems to have been a good move.)
|Lou Ann and I|
|The Trine Faculty & I|
|Sonnet on the Square|
I pushed on to Allentown, Pennsylvania that night, where I discovered that the hotel bar had karaoke, with a rotation of just three singers... Having sung Nilsson, Cocker, Ides of March, Billy Joel, Tokens and Bowie... my voice was pretty much shot for the rest of the week...
|Providence, RI Courthouse|
|Providence, RI Statehouse|
|Hanging with "The Squad" from the local|
Midland High School
|Midland Community College|
|Me with Pharyne Stepney and Bridget Anderson|
|Next stop: Wayne State University PhD Program!|
|The Linden House|
|Anybody out there know Timothy Mooney?|
|Yorick is my Co-Pilot|
A tribute to the great work… really hitting the highlights. … There are enough engrossing moments to fill the whole hour… [a] fun reminder of the debt we owe Shakespeare. (Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel)
I’m sure it helps that I’ve seen 3 different productions of HAMLET since February. But in one hour solo performer Tim Mooney has grabbed its heart. (Kathleen Denny)
This year's "Breakneck Hamlet" finds [Mooney's] disposition at its most entertainingly antic. Mooney cleverly condenses the Bard's best and longest tragedy down to an airtight 60 minutes... Mooney is exhaustingly impressive... deep set eyes practically popping from his skull with dramatic passion. If your only exposure to this masterwork has been Mel Gibson and Ethan Hawke movies, do yourself a favor and see Mooney's take -- if nothing else, you'll finally get to enjoy Shakespeare's words with impeccable enunciation. (Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly)
And so, with the official first Orlando performance of "Breakneck Hamlet" tonight, I start the most ambitious summer tour that I’ve ever attempted with good omens preceding me, and following me around. See you on the road!
Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre Tour Schedule
|Montana: Big Sky Country|
|Bigger Sky Country|