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Haiku Reviews: Silent Films To The Role Of Sir | LA, SF

First Posted: 02/10/11 05:36 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or a string of words together. This week George Heymont and Peter Frank give quick takes on performing and visual art. Is there a show or performance that you think people should know about? Write a Haiku with a link and shine a light on something you think is noteworthy too.

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PHOTO: (L to R) Sir (Ken Ruta) receives a harsh look from disapproving company member Oxenby (Blake Ellis) in San Jose Repertory Theatre's The Dresser.
Photo by Kevin Berne.
WHAT: The Dresser
San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, California 95113
Through February 20
HAIKU REVIEW: In Ronald Harwood's backstage play, The Dresser, the role of Sir is perfectly suited to veteran actor Ken Ruta (now in his mid 70s). Not only does Ruta give a bravura performance, he understands the personality traits of the dying Shakespearean actor/manager who is desperately attempting one last go at King Lear and has the craft to capture every bit of Sir's fiendish fury. As the backstage dresser, Norman, James Carpenter perfectly nails the aging alcoholic homosexual control freak who has put up with his boss's constant whining, bullying, and infantile behavior for 16 long years. Sir's backstage dressing room is the tense arena in which Norman coaxes and prods the aging actor prior to each performance in a never-ending struggle to get the belligerent old beast onstage. - George Heymont
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