New Review: Tuesdays With Morrie


Jamie Farr stars on stage in an adaptation of Mitch Albom's hit novel.


By: SARAH BAUDER  
Published: May 21st 2011
in Culture » Stage


Tuesdays With Morrie.

Mitch Albom’s best-selling autobiography Tuesdays With Morrie (1997) left an indelible mark on millions of readers. In 2002, Albom collaborated with veteran playwright Jeffery Hatcher to create a seamless stage version of his hit autobiography.

 

"Tuesdays With Morrie," now playing at Mississauga's Stage West, is the story of Albom, a sports writer, who reconnects after 16 years with his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

 

Jamie Farr (probably most famous for his iconic “Corporal Klinger” on M*A*S*H) is utterly brilliant. He portrays Morrie with such subtle nuisances that I caught myself forgetting he was only acting the part. Farr deftly delivers Morrie’s life musings, simultaneously making them both humorous and profound.

 

Mitch is played by Canadian actor Réjean Cournoyer, who convincingly conveys both the egotism and frenetic nature of the character. Cournoyer and Farr make the perfect duo, bouncing line after line off one another with impeccable timing. 

 

Directed by Ron Ulrich, the Stage West version of "Tuesdays With Morrie" could easily hold its own against any production in Hogtown. During the uninterrupted 90-minute presentation, the audience is taken through a myriad emotions -- one will laugh, perhaps shed a few tears, and most certainly be forced to ponder. Oh yes, and the sumptuous buffet dinner is an added bonus as well. 

 

"Tuesdays With Morrie" plays at Stage West Dinner Theatre (5400 Dixie Rd., Mississauga) until July 3. Visit www.stagewest.com or call 905-238-0042 for more information.



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