Sunday, October 16, 2011


Keith Baker and William Selby

Bristol Riverside Theatre, located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, is opening its 25th season with Barrymore, starring Keith Baker in the title role and William Selby playing the part of his prompter The production will run through October 30th. Baker has the herculean task of humorously portraying John Barrymore, one the greatest American Shakespeare actors of all time as he has hit the lowest point of his career. He is certainly up to the task. His character is at times witty and at others pathetic. The audience laughs but feels little sympathy for a once great man who is sloppy in his drinking. He does evoke some sympathy when he appears lost wandering around the set in a fugue state and he has to ask the prompter, “Where am I?” He wonders of his four ex-wives:”If I can’t pay my alimony next month, can my wives repossess me?" Keith Baker gives a very powerful performance. Set Designer Roman Tatarowicz  has designed a very interesting set which Barrymore claims to be for his “come back” presentation. The additions of sound designer Michael Troncone and lighting designer Deborah Constantine further enhance this fine production. For tickets call 215-785-0100 or visit online at

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