DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Edgemar Center for the Arts
Santa Monica, CA

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Carl Weathers was famous first as an NFL player with the Oakland Raiders, then as an actor for his iconic movie roles (Apollo Creed, Action Jackson), and his roles as a regular on several TV series (Chicago Justice, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night, Street Justice), and as a television director (Always Night, For the People, Sheena, Strong Medicine, Silk Stalkings). He is set to direct John Patrick Shanley’s unlikely romance Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in The Rainbow Theatre Company production at Edgemar Center. The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is n;ow being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley star. They’re becoming the Hepburn and Tracy of local stages, having also appeared together previously in The Rainmaker (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice) and Jack & Jill. They also appear in the 2016 feature film Ovation. Ms. Frederick’s stage credits also include Always….But Not Forever, Sylvia, A Safe Place, Dutchman ,and more. Known as a queen of indie films, her screen credits include Train to Zakopané, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, Queen of the Lot, Irene in Time, The M Word, Hollywood Dreams and more. Robert Standley won an Ovation Award for his performance in Barbarians and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic. Other stage turns include Post Office (at the Kirk Douglas) and national tours of Cotton Patch Gospel, According to Coyote, and The Rainmaker. He’s familiar to televison audiences from stints on Invasion, Melrose Place, Breaking Through and All My Children. John Patrick Shanley is the playwright. The author of forty-one plays, he won the Tony ® Award for Doubt, received a Tony nomination for Outside Mullingar, and won the Oscar® for his screenplay for Moonstruck. His other plays include the dreamer examines his pillow, Psycopathia Sexualis, Beggars in a House of Plenty, Italian American Reconciliation, Where’s My Money ?, Four Dogs and a Bone, many more

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"Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley is a wonderful play with solid performances by Tanna Federick (Roberta) and Robert Standley (Danny). Carl Weathers (you will remember him as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films) has a critical eye that propels this version of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea into a proficient, remarkable, and pleasing night of theatre."

"The well written piece is very well acted and a real emotional roller coaster from start to finish - Tanna Frederick (Roberta) & Robert Standley (Danny) push the pedal to the metal & practically blow the roof off the theater in this volatile very emotionally charged play - it is very intense & gritty and both actors take a lot of daring chances & succeed."

"The two-person cast does a bang-up job of portraying these unhappy people. Talented director Carl Weathers helms the production with a firm hand as he tries to make these characters lovable to a compassionate audience. Mark Kanieff’s set design couldn’t be better as he takes Danny and Roberta from the seedy bar to an equally seedy bedroom. Derrick McDaniel’s lighting and Christopher Moscatiello’s sound keep the focus on the interior life of these two individuals – neither one of whom seems capable of the insight that dawns after a half hour of interaction. "

"This rendition of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is entertaining: the story is interesting and different, the performances are spot-on, the direction (by Rocky actor, Carl Weathers) makes it all move, and the set is exactly perfect, especially for the small space."

"BWW Review: Tour-de-Force Performances Highlight DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Edgemar Center for the Arts Every once in a while, I am treated to an amazing evening of theater featuring actors who step outside of themselves and totally encompass their characters every single moment they are onstage. With performances as riveting as any I have seen, Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley are marvels to behold as unlikely lovers Roberta and Danny in John Patrick Shanley's DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, brilliantly directed with soulful abandon by Carl Weathers at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. The Rainbow Theatre Company production is the show to see this summer since Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley are quickly becoming the Hepburn and Tracy of local stages, having also appeared together previously in The Rainmaker (L.A. Times Critic's Choice) and Jack & Jill. They also appear in the 2016 feature film Ovation, which is totally appropriate given the standing ovations their current show is garnering for them."

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