Orry

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You’re invited to the funeral of three-time Oscar winner and Hollywood legend, costume designer Orry-Kelly. Don't expect a little thing like death to stop the whip tongue and quick wit of the unapologetically gay Australian rascal who dressed and heard the secrets of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Merle Oberon, Ingrid Bergman and Mae West — just to name a few. Fearless, funny and outspoken, Orry-Kelly lived life to the fullest, from his childhood in Kiama, to reveling in Sydney's underworld nightlife, to chasing his dreams of acting in New York, to Hollywood. Based on his memoir “Women I’ve Undressed” — found in a pillowcase in suburban Sydney nearly 51 years after his death — Orry incorporates music, dance, vaudeville routines, puppetry, digital art, special effects and a taste of those incredible gowns to share his irresistible story. Anyone who loves classic movies, fashion, gossip and Cary Grant will love Orry. Two weeks only: Nov. 1-Nov. 11; $35; Lee Strasberg Theatre. 7936 Santa Monica Blvd.; West Hollywood, CA 855-326-9945; Gentleman-George.com

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Mostly funny, at times melancholy, and overall full of 1920s flair, this tribute is an entertaining portrait of a person who became a vital cornerstone in filmmaking history. A few repetitive singsongy moments slow the plot down at points, but Hardcastle’s ability to keep the show going — particularly despite some significant technical difficulties witnessed the night I saw the production are a testament to his skill as a performer.

sweet - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

His is a fascinating life story, rich in Hollywood gossip.. Hardcastle delivers the right amount of wit and caustic humor and makes a delightful narrator as Orry takes us through his life and career.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but in no way stuffy or outdated. The celebrity-studded opening night audience was delighted, jumping from their seats for a standing ovation. Orry-Kelly is long overdue for his close-up, and Nick Hardcastle is just the man to channel his spirit.

sweet - Ethlie Ann Vare - The Hollywood Times - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Suffice it say that Nick Hardcastle’s tale of Orry-Kelly’s rise from obscurity to fame, his fraught love-life, and his heroic consumption of alcohol is a great tale splendidly delivered. Throughout the show, the delightful Soubrette acts as his faithful aide-de-camp, singing and dancing with him and so much more. The splendid Anthony Zediker at a piano downstage left plays continually throughout the show.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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Hardcastle is a handsome and ingratiating performer who quickly makes the audience fall for this Down Under devil. His singing voice, while not powerful, is elegant and well-suited to the demands of the role. The Soubrette played by lovely lyric soprano Danielle Heaton portrays Bijou, Fanny Brice, and a variety of other colorful characters from Kelly's life and does so with effortless charm.

sweet - Lisa Lyons - Desert Star Weekly - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Somewhere up in Hollywood heaven, Orry-Kelly is raising his glass to salute Nick Hardcastle’s captivating, elucidating Orry down here on earth.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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Mostly funny, at times melancholy, and overall full of 1920s flair, this tribute is an entertaining portrait of a person who became a vital cornerstone in filmmaking history. A few repetitive singsongy moments slow the plot down at points, but Hardcastle’s ability to keep the show going — particularly despite some significant technical difficulties witnessed the night I saw the production are a testament to his skill as a performer.

sweet - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

His is a fascinating life story, rich in Hollywood gossip.. Hardcastle delivers the right amount of wit and caustic humor and makes a delightful narrator as Orry takes us through his life and career.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Avatar

This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but in no way stuffy or outdated. The celebrity-studded opening night audience was delighted, jumping from their seats for a standing ovation. Orry-Kelly is long overdue for his close-up, and Nick Hardcastle is just the man to channel his spirit.

sweet - Ethlie Ann Vare - The Hollywood Times - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Suffice it say that Nick Hardcastle’s tale of Orry-Kelly’s rise from obscurity to fame, his fraught love-life, and his heroic consumption of alcohol is a great tale splendidly delivered. Throughout the show, the delightful Soubrette acts as his faithful aide-de-camp, singing and dancing with him and so much more. The splendid Anthony Zediker at a piano downstage left plays continually throughout the show.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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Hardcastle is a handsome and ingratiating performer who quickly makes the audience fall for this Down Under devil. His singing voice, while not powerful, is elegant and well-suited to the demands of the role. The Soubrette played by lovely lyric soprano Danielle Heaton portrays Bijou, Fanny Brice, and a variety of other colorful characters from Kelly's life and does so with effortless charm.

sweet - Lisa Lyons - Desert Star Weekly - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Somewhere up in Hollywood heaven, Orry-Kelly is raising his glass to salute Nick Hardcastle’s captivating, elucidating Orry down here on earth.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review