‘Morrie’ brings a poignant lesson
By KATHY L. GREENBERG | Tribune correspondent
Published: June 12, 2009
American Stage Theatre Company’s production of “Tuesdays with Morrie” is tender, warm and sentimental. The play reflects all the qualities the company has imparted to audiences for the past 30 years. As the first show in the Raymond James Theatre, American Stage’s new home, it’s the perfect segue for many years more of the same.
In 1997, Mitch Albom published his best-selling memoir “Tuesdays with Morrie,” which Jeffrey Hatcher adapted for the stage in 2001.
The story begins with Albom attending Brandeis University in the 1970s. He majored in sociology, in part because of the...
June 10: ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’
at American Stage
through June 28
By John Fleming, Times Performing Arts Critic
Published Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I don’t get it, I really don’t. Tuesdays with Morrie — first the book, then the TV movie, now the play — has been this national phenomenon, with a message that is said to have changed peoples’ lives. But judging from the current production by American Stage of the play, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Albom’s autobiographical book, the vaunted insights of Morrie Schwartz, the dying sociology professor whom Albom spent Tuesdays with, are little more than greeting-card homilies, conventional pieties on the meaning of...