'One Man Lord of the Rings' at CityRep
Oklahoma CityRep brought Charles Ross to Oklahoma City last year to perform his “One Man Star Wars Trilogy” and started a movement.
According to Don Jordan, CityRep’s Artistic Director, bringing Ross back to perform his “One Man Lord of the Rings” is the second most requested show in the company’s 13 year history. It’s also the company’s 60th production, and represents a significant milestone for the local Actors Equity affiliated theatre.
Created by Ross and directed by T.J. Dawe, renowned Canadian director, the show presents Ross reincarnating all the characters from the beloved trilogy of Oscar-winning films, Orcs, Ents and Halflings alike. A self-proclaimed nerdy sci-fi geek for his “One Man Star Wars” show, Ross has now added literary nerdy geek to his resume. This should be adapted to athletic literary sci-fi nerdy geek, because this show is a profoundly physical workout. At the end of the show the janitor only needs a dry mop and a sprinkling of Ajax.
Familiar characters and forgotten characters blend together in the rapid firing of a story-teller on caffeine, yet the distinctions between these characters are sharply delineated. Those who have both seen the movies and read the books can easily recognize individual characters in the monolithic monologues Ross delivers. Those few who are unfamiliar with Tolkien will be amazed at the agility of performance Ross delivers and hit the library for books and videos because the mystery and majesty are visible through the highly comical performance.
Ross continues on throughout the Northeast and New England. His next tour is an international one taking in Ireland, Australia and eventually India. While his recent appearance in Oklahoma put the cap on the fantastic CityRep season, Ross is pretty sure he will be back. He has recently premiered his “One Man Dark Knight Trilogy”; contact CityRep to request another performance in Oklahoma City by Ross. An unusually cruel local critic has suggested that Ross undertake “Spiderman” next; perhaps he will accept the challenge. To keep up with Charles Ross, out check his website at www.onemanstarwars.com.