"The Show Must Not Go On"
review by Jenni:
This has just been a heart-breaker of an end to a week. But
I'm not without hope and if you're reading this then I hope you're
not, either. I honestly didn't think I could do this.
I really considered just watching very familiar, comforting TBAA
episodes. But when John died, I still did an episode review
because the familiarity of the routine and the chance to reflect
were healing. So I hope the same is true now. I will
say... I am very glad Monica's the absentee angel in this. I
need Andrew tonight. I especially need to see John tonight.
What I love about this episode:
I like "Magic To Do"... Frankly, I think the plot to Pippin is all sorts
of ridiculous. But that is a good number and props to TBAA
for figuring it in. I wonder if John had anything to do with
My grandpa was a theatre actor and many of my family members had
at least brief stints with it. So I've always loved the
episodes that dealt with theatres. Eeek. Calvin
reminds me of my grandpa. I love him but he definitely
had... stage presence, shall we say. ;-) Really he
even looks something like Grandpa.
Latrina's story made me laugh. And I needed a laugh tonight.
I like the talking heads set-up. It's rather tired now with
The Office and Parks and Rec and such but
pretty different for TBAA. Cool to see.
This episode is unfortunately relatable cause right around the
time this episode aired, a buncha our local theatres started
closing due to economic woes. Even when it was a sad thing,
I appreciated seeing reality reflected on TBAA. Although,
sad to say, I do think the tie between community and community
theatre that Tess makes at the start is true... I think my
city seems less vital since they started closing.
"God made human beings to dream together and to inspire each
other." I love that Tess quote. TBAA really made that
"Ask God for inspiration and then use it to inspire others."
Another from Tess.
I started crying just hearing the instrumental strains of "I've
Been Touched by an Angel." It was so, so beautiful and I
listened to it so much after John passed on.
"When God makes a plan, He sees is through." Tess
again. I believe that with all my heart. Sometimes I
just wish I could see the plan.
I love Wally's smile when he realizes he's the new AD.
I love it when Tess tells the actors about how the stage "has
filled the holes in their hearts for years." TBAA did that
for me. John did in other ways, too. In other roles,
in his life.
And he still does and I am so thankful for that right now.
"God wants you to know that he finds you interesting every moment
of your life." Tess seems to be getting all the quotes this
week... But they are great ones.
"God wants you to know that he wants you to become stronger than
any character you've ever played." Finally an Andrew
one. He says it to Naomi. Wonderful for actors but I
think it could apply to us all. We all have to play roles in
our lives and sometimes that involves acting stronger than you
feel you are. But maybe that's God's way of molding you into
a truly strong person. Maybe it's not until you've tried and
forced yourself to be strong that you really become it.
Wally remembering playing Jack chokes me up...
I love Tess' song so much... I was sad after the show went
off the air that I couldn't find it on a CD. It was years
before I did but I'm glad. I needed it more in the years
after TBAA went away. A lyric from it: "Love is in complete
control." Praying that's the case. I know it must be.
The look on JZ's face as he sees his art on display is pretty
"You can be a part of the darkness or you can shine the
light." I love that quote spoken by JZ.
What I didn't love about this episode:
I friggin hate it whenever another angel tells Andrew
'no' about bringing someone Home. As if he's running around
deciding who he wants to take when. Lay off him! Yes,
I am overly sensitive tonight. But as if he doesn't have to
deal with enough without that...
Other than wondering if John had anything to do with the Pippin references
given his fondness for "Corner of the Sky," I think I'm
good. Well, I would like to know how Andrew would have
to Gloria as my reaction is usually "Umm... well... it's
completely nonhistorical and umm... Ben Vereen was in it!"
Parts that made me feel swoony:
"Oh..." :-) I love him and his
understated, humorous reactions.
Beard and glasses... I really did love that look so much.
Such a cute look when Gloria realizes Calvin's a bit of a jerk.
Gloria: What's a pippin?
Andrew: I'll tell ya later...
Ah love it! Funny and his voice is so gravelly...
He looks so beautiful in that tan suit. At this point I'm
bawling and don't really care that I am. That song messes me
up but I love it so. We were all touched by an
angel... Beautiful John.
Oh... long coat and jeans and complimenting a disgruntled
teen. I love him... I'll just attempt to not think
about how I was much closer in age to the punks than John. I
never considered John anything but a peer. Yes, I know I was
kinda deluded. But I really didn't seem to fit in with my
age group so it made sense in my head... And he was so
lovely. Who wouldn't want to claim him as part of their
Seriously, his outfits are all so cuddly and wonderful. And
his expressions are all just so adorable.
I want to hug the man in the puffy coat...
Lovely boy squeezing Tess' shoulder after the trouble in the
And I loved it when he strove to empower and encourage
So wonderful to see him smile and laugh... Needed that, too.
"Beautiful Dreamer" is sung and played on the piano by
Calvin. He later sings an a capella "Shenandoah." I
love that song... He does not do it justice, I must
say! Latrina sings a bit of Stephen Foster's "The Voices
That Are Gone" when they meet after Ben's death. Latrina
does a dance to an instrumental (or not... see next section)
version of "You're a Grand Old Flag." It is not so
grand. ;-) Herbert sings some "Frankie and
Johnny." Della sings the amazing "I've Been Touched by an
Angel." All the Egyptian actors sing "Give My Regards to
The name of this theatre is the Egyptian.
This episode makes me want to watch Waiting for Guffman. :-)
Wow. It even has the deluded actor/dentist.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- Well... this isn't a scene cut but in the original version,
Latrina dances to "You're a Grand Old Flag" being sung by a
choir. THC makes it an instrumental version.
Weird. I didn't notice anything else but, again, my
concentration is shot. And I've just realized this is the
last time I'll be hunting for cut scenes. The last three
episodes are on DVD so... bye-bye "Scenes Hallmark cut" section.
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