Tuesday's with Morrie hits the Rosebud Theatre stage 0
Rosebud Submitted Mitch Albom's autobiographical memoir Tuesday's With Morrie made its debut at the Rosebud Theatre over the weekend. The story about a busy journalist who reconnects with his former college mentor and receives a lesson on life and the struggle with death, was masterfully portrayed by Morris Ertman as Morrie (left) and David Snider as Mitch (right).
Mitch Albom's candid memoir about his real-life relationship with a former college professor slowly coming to terms with the fact that Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease is gradually killing him, has made it's way to the Rosebud as the Rosebud Theatre presents Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie.
The New York Times best-selling novel turned play stars David Snider as Mitch, introduced in the play as a young university student who strikes up a personal relationship with a college professor and future mentor Morrie Schwartz.
Mitch becomes close with Morrie during his time and Brandeis University, but 16 years goes by upon graduation until a chance episode of Nightline changes the lives of both men.
Through the episode Mitch learns that the man he used to refer to as 'coach' is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, causing the established sports journalist to reach out and re-connect with his former friend and mentor.
Every Tuesday Mitch flies from Detroit to Massachusetts to visit Morrie, where the two discuss all aspects of what it means to truly live.
Morris Ertman steals the show as Morrie. For Ertman, who is also the Artistic Director for the Rosebud Theatre, the connection to Morrie is instantaneous. Both are men who have dedicated their lives to the lives of younger generations, and this connection shines through Ertman's performance.
Though the subject matter and message are heart-wrenching enough to warrant tears, Ertman is graceful and commands audience response with his charm and sincerity.
Snider more than holds his own as Mitch and brings a sharp and energetic performance to the stage providing the perfect partner for this beautiful dance that is Tuesdays with Morrie.
Along with this energy, Snider also brings fabulous musical talents to his role. His piano playing assisted in generating emotion as well has helped progress the story along.
It is immediate that Ertman and Snider have chemistry that goes beyond two actors sharing a stage, and it is this chemistry that will have audiences invested in the emotional rollercoaster created in Mitch Albom's autobiographical words.
The two play so well off of each other, sharing in the hilarity as well as conveying the emotional magnitude of the subject
The over 200 members in the audience were treated to something special in the Rosebud Theatre during this Saturday matinee