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  • Morey Norkin:
    19 Aug. 2023
    What a fascinating look at the later years of W.C. Fields’ life and relationships. Fields’ curmudgeonly on-screen persona often blends with his off-screen life, but as we see here he is desperate not to be alone. Jennifer O’Grady does a terrific job portraying the symbiotic relationships between Fields and sometimes live-in girlfriend Carlotta Monti and Fields and a young Anthony Quinn. As age and alcohol diminish his skills and opportunities, Fields seems destined to end his days alone. O’Grady provides a touching conclusion to this extraordinary.
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    11 May. 2020
    ”Juggling with Mr. Fields” is seeing a legend come to life. Jennifer O’Grady deftly shows W.C. Fields as a man past his prime, indulging in self-sabotage in career and relationships. In this play, Fields is not just a man on the screen, but a living, breathing person whom we grow to care about as if he were our own grandpa. Well done.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    1 May. 2020
    O'Grady's surprising tale about connection focuses on the final years of W. C. Fields and, so, creates the opportunity of introducing the comedy titan to those unfamiliar with him, and invites those who are to ponder the man behind the nose. Fields, in the play, has become a sidelined talent, too old and too drunk for Hollywood to deal with, a Norma Desmond figure hiding in his cave, avoiding being hurt or hurting others. The relationship with "companion" Carlotta Monti and "friendship" of neighbor Anthony Quinn barely appease his self-destruction, or haunting of his past, which is soon to return.
  • D. Lee Miller:
    30 Apr. 2020
    I love the performers from this period - the stars of the Follies - theatre on the road. W.C. Fields was one of the best and brightest of these stars and O'Grady serves up this star and the real man beneath with care. She knows her character well and brings to life one of the truthful and most interesting chapters of Fields' life. A wonderful writer, we are in great hands while learning about the inimitable W.C. - I enjoyed it so much!
  • Doug DeVita:
    25 Feb. 2020
    I love historic fiction, especially when it's Hollywood history that's being fictionalized. The larger-than-life characters, the glamour, the seediness, the secrets... it's all ripe for great storytelling, and Jennifer O'Grady capitalizes quite grandly with her poignant script centering on the secret life of legendary comedian W.C. Fields. There's just enough truth to raise questions, and just enough fiction to answer them satisfactorily, and as a whole, O'Grady paints an entertaining picture of the larger than larger-than-life, yet affectingly vulnerable Fields.
  • Timothy-Talia M. Gadomski:
    24 Feb. 2020
    I'm too young to have followed the careers of these people, so its all Hollywood history to me but, I enjoyed it quite a lot. A fairly in depth look at the lives of a few select members of the Hollywood family. Really seems like a play of the time and yet I figure it will stick around for a while. A classic.
  • Lee R. Lawing:
    6 Nov. 2018
    I enjoyed this play so much! O'Grady takes real-life people and breaths that dose of believability into these movie stars to make them fresh and exciting. I didn't grow up a Fields fan but after reading this play want to see more of his films and also to read more about him which for me is the mark of any great piece of literature or art or film--encouraging the audience to not only leave the show feeling that they've seen something worthwhile, but also spark that curiosity to discover more about these stars we admire so much.