Thursday, March 12, 2009

Upcoming: Holy Cross Sucks! by Rob Nash, Vortex Repertory, March 20 - April 4

From the Vortex website:

UPDATE: Review by Barry Pineo in Austin Chronicle of March 26


A Comedy About The Tragedy of High School
presented by Rob Nash and the VORTEX Repertory Company
Written and performed by Rob Nash | Directed by Jeff Calhoun

Mar.20-Apr.04, 2009; Thurs-Sun; 8pm
Tickets: $30-$10
$30-$25 Priority Seating, $20-$15 General Admission, $10 Starving Artists
Limited seating. Advanced purchase recommended.
Tickets available on-line or at 512-478-LAVA (5282)

Over three years in the making have led to the first post off-Broadway production of Rob Nash’s award-winning HOLY CROSS SUCKS!

Winner Top Ten Broadway/off-Broadway Shows, 2005 Time Out New York Magazine

Playwright/Performer, Rob Nash in conjunction with Tony Award Nominated Director, Jeff Calhoun present HOLY CROSS SUCKS!, a comic journey through those unforgettable years of high school, starring Rob Nash as an ensemble cast that includes “the virgin”, “the nerd”, “the homo”, “the punk”, “the fat kid”, and “the slut.” Welcome back to the 80’s and the formative years that traumatized us all!

In the spirit of teen film classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Fast Times At Ridgemont High, HOLY CROSS SUCKS! follows three best friends as they navigate those painful, life-defining, and humiliating years of high school. We're never as vulnerable and as vicious, as beautiful and as ugly, as idealistic and apathetic, and as vain and as humble as when we're adolescents. Playing a full cast of beloved and reviled characters, Nash explores these paradoxes with biting humor, insight, and a killer soundtrack.

“A comic escapade, with a teeming cast of richly detailed characters engaged in a breakneck series of amusing rites of passage.” -Austin Chronicle

“HOLY CROSS SUCKS! Rob Nash's infectious solo show, based on his years at a Jesuit high school in Texas, mines the 1980's for pop-culture references and for John Hughes-style narrative devices. But the nostalgia goes deeper than Izod and "Purple Rain" in this unexpectedly rich coming-of-age tale, made all the warmer by Mr. Nash's cool, unflappable demeanor.” -New York Times

“Nash clearly loves his wannabe rebels. As a performer and writer, his virtuosic peaks come when the boys share private moments, and he flickers between them with impeccable precision. Holy Cross Sucks may be the perfect vehicle for Nash's undeniable acting talent… Nash… up there alone, displaying his prowess to the world.” - Variety

ROB NASH has performed internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Nash’s work has been produced at regional theaters including Stages in Houston, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carolina Theater in Durham, VORTEX in Austin, The Cable Car in San Francisco, and Velvet Elvis Arts Lounge in Seattle.

JEFF CALHOUN directed and choreographed the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Big River (for deaf and hearing audiences!) and Grease! (Tony nomination Best Choreography). Last season he staged the original Broadway smash hit, Grey Gardens he produced and directed the original Broadway musical Brooklyn which begins its national tour in May 2006. Calhoun made his Broadway directing debut with Tommy Tune Tonight and his collaboration with Tommy Tune on The Will Rogers Follies led to the 1997 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Calhoun directed and choreographed the Deaf West production of Oliver! (Ovation Award- Direction), and both the Deaf West and Mark Taper Forum productions of Big River (Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards for both Direction and Choreography). Recently Calhoun co-directed the world premiere of Himself and Nora with Joseph Hardy at the Old Globe Theater. He co- choreographed the Tony-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun with both Bernadette Peters and Reba MacIntire. Calhoun received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his choreography in Bouncers.

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