|Scott Greer as Rizzo|
Philadelphia Theatre Company, located in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Locust Streets is presenting Theatre Exile’s Production of Rizzo. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended through October 23. Theatre Exile’s entire original cast is reappearing in the larger venue. If you enjoyed Rizzo the first time, you will be thrilled the second time around. If you missed the opportunity last fall, don’t miss out now. Scott Greer gives an explosive performance as the brash, complex, larger-than-life street cop-turned Commissioner-turned Mayor. Damon Bonetti is excellent as the reporter who challenges him at every turn. The members of this excellent ensemble cast play multiple roles. Bonetti sometimes serves as a narrator. At times, other members of this finely tuned ensemble, Robert Daponte, Paul L. Nolan, William Rahill, Amanda Schoonover and Steven Wright step forward, front and center, and either narrate or interact with Rizzo. Projections during the performance enhance the overall experience. Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham has written another outstanding work and has used humor to show both sides of this Mayor that inspired both adoration and hate. Scott Greer is equally convincing when Rizzo is telling jokes and when he furiously vents his anger at those who oppose him. It is said that Rizzo had the biggest funeral in the history of Philadelphia. “Most people came because they loved him; others came to make sure that he was dead.” For more information or tickets, call 215-985-0420, visit online at PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org or visit PTC’s Suzanne Robert’s Theatre, Broad & Locust Streets Monday-Friday 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM.