Heigh-Ho Friends & "Family"! Bobby Patrick your RAINBOW Reviewer here. Putting the silent T in CABARET to bring you all the T.
Well, my dear ones, Feinstein's 54 Below was all a-titter and a-twitter with laughter, and lots of it, at Wednesday night's HALF AN EVENING WITH David Rasche. The VETERAN actor (a term he said means show business has been shooting at him for decades) entered to the announcer mispronouncing his name a few times (it is pronounced RAH-shee BTW), setting him up for his first few humorous lines that then stretched throughout his entire set - a set, mind you, consisting of all original songs by one of entertainment's most dependable supporting players. Known especially for his comedic abilities, Rasche cut his goofy teeth on stage at Chicago's Second City with the likes of John Candy, Gilda, Bill Murray, and John Belushi. This intense comic training and improv mastery allowed the man to hold forth between songs with a self-described, untreated ADD-like patter that was quick and razor-sharp. There were few pauses and even fewer "Uhhs or Umms" in Rache's raconteur-ism, and it was incumbent upon all in the crowd to keep up or shut up as he rapid-fired his stories, long-form rants, and one-liners about life, family and the vicissitudes (what?! Bobby knows words!) of a 40+ year career in the business of show.All the humor aside, Mr. Rasche's talents as a composer and singer - talents this rainbow writer had NO idea he possessed until Wednesday night - were wonderfully showcased throughout his 15-ish song cycle. One might have even described it as a Spin Cycle, given the composer's quick pivots from song to song and from style to style, showing the breadth of musicality and character nuance of a fine performing composer. Most of his compositions were of an uproariously funny nature, starting with his opening opus to his favorite sport, GOLF, a sport "...with no physical requirement, and you can play it before and after retirement." With lyrics such as these, one might've expected a full evening of music reminiscent of Tom Lehrer or Mark Russell (look em up,) but David's ability to make music of varying genres coupled with his acting chops meant the evening would be anything but predictable. Putting his audience through their laughing paces with his actor prison chain gang ode NEVER GONNA WORK AGAIN, sung in a slow bluesy, bluegrass, countrified rhythm, with hick-from-the-sticks accent to boot, and then sticking it to the crowd with THIS OLD BODY, a true, snappy, jazz paean to going from the sexual possibilities of, "You never know" to "Highly unlikely." The real surprises of the evening, though, were Rasche's non-comedic works that were alternately touching, poignant, and even a little sad at times. His love song TURN ON THE STARS, his ballad tribute to his adopted home state ILLINOIS, and the obligatory seasonal song CHRISTMAS IN LA, showed a softer and heartfelt side to the man's machine-gun patter and comic tone poems. Late in the program, Mr. R. was joined by the fabulously gorgeous and immensely talented Amber Iman (of Shuffle Along & Hamilton Nat'l Tour) whose rendition of his Jazz/Blues LOVE IS A GAME YOU LOSE simultaneously raised the roof and brought the house down. Iman is a talent to watch for, as her voice mixes sultry with powerful in a unique star quality all her own, and this particular song seemed to be tailor-made for her.The truth is, for the last 40 odd years, David Rasche has been what one could call a great American actor. Through those years he has made 7 trips to broadway, 13 to Off-Broadway and has over 125 acting credits on his IMDb page, which are almost evenly split between television and feature films. That ain't hay my dears... that ain't hay, and now to discover there's even more gold within this golden-haired mine was a treat we loved experiencing. For now, Rasche has just Wednesday night's booking on 54's calendar, but take Bobby's word my pets, keep an eye out for more dates to see and hear this wonderful artist's music. It will be well worth your time and money because Bobby gives HALF AN EVENING WITH David Rasche the full 5 out of 5 rainbows. David has a webby: HERETweet David on the Twitter: HERE Amber Iman's webby is: HERETweet her on the Tweeter: HEREAnd follow her InstaG: HERE *All photos by yours truly, Bobby Patrick DARLINGS! (Who Else?) Related Articles View More Cabaret Stories Shows From This Author Bobby Patrick
Round One Entertainment, a chain featuring bowling alleys, arcade machines and more, will open its first Maryland location Saturday in the Towson Town Center.© Cody Boteler / Baltimore Sun Media Group/The Baltimore Sun/TNS Japan-based Round One is opening in Towson the weekend of Dec. 7. The entertainment venue has two private karaoke rooms.
The Japan-based chain will have more than 250 arcade machines, 14 bowling lanes, two private karaoke rooms, six billiards tables, and a full restaurant and bar. Round One is on the first floor of the mall, located between the restaurants and the grand atrium.© Cody Boteler / Baltimore Sun Media Group/The Baltimore Sun/TNS Japan-based Round One is opening in Towson the weekend of Dec. 7. Customers can exchange earned points for hundreds of different prizes.
“We’re absolutely thrilled. It’s something different that we don’t have," said Nancy Hafford, the executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.
The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday with a ribbon cutting from 9:45 to 10 a.m. The first 200 customers who make a purchase, excluding food or beverages, will get a free t-shirt.
Emily Brophy, the senior general manager of Towson Town Center, said she thinks having the first Round One in Maryland will be a boon for the mall.
“Adding Round One for us is really adding that entertainment piece to the center,” Brophy said. “It’s exciting. To have 14 full regulation bowling lanes, to have all those arcade games, to have the karaoke rooms, it’s really neat.”© Cody Boteler / Baltimore Sun Media Group/The Baltimore Sun/TNS Japan-based Round One is opening in Towson the weekend of Dec. 7. Customers can exchange earned points for hundreds of different prizes.
The restaurant will feature typical bowling alley food, including pizza, wings, fries and ice cream. There will also be a full bar.
To play arcade games, customers purchase a card and load it with credits. After playing games, instead of getting physical tickets, points are loaded onto the same card. Points can be exchanged for a variety of prizes, including candy, toys and souvenirs normally available only in Japan.
Anna Ikari, a spokeswoman for Round One, said most locations employee between 40 and 70 people, both full- and part-time. Ikari said there are no typical sizes for Round One locations, and the number of bowling lanes and arcade games depends on the physical space a location has available.© Cody Boteler / Baltimore Sun Media Group/The Baltimore Sun/TNS Japan-based Round One is opening in Towson the weekend of Dec. 7. The entertainment venue features 14 bowling alleys and over 250 arcade machines.
Hafford said the opening of Round One shows that Towson is becoming a more diverse community, with people who have a variety of interests. She pointed to the Cinemark movie theater in Towson Square and other entertainment options, like ax-throwing at Stumpy’s Hatchet House, as evidence.
“A lot of young people are moving in here, and they want more things to do in a walkable community,” Hafford said.
Pricing and other information for Round 1 can be found online at www.round1usa.com/location/towson-town-center/.
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EXCLUSIVE: yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.
Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki. The series also features a special guest appearance by Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster.Related Story 'The Bay' Spinoff Series Starring The D'Ambrosio Twins In The Works
The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.
Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.
Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.
Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.
The series is in production with a release date to be announced soon.