“Bill W. and Dr. Bob”

A NoHo Arts theatre review of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, directed by Ronnie Marmo has aextended again through April 23 at Theatre 68 Arts Complex.
Steven O'Brien and Steve Gelder.

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – A NoHo Arts theatre review of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, directed by Ronnie Marmo has extended again through April 23 at Theatre 68 Arts Complex

“Bill W. and Dr. Bob” is the stylized, innovative, and highly entertaining story of the creation of AA, Alcoholics Anonymous.  Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith’s wildly different and entirely separate lives as a successful and then equally unsuccessful banker and small-town, well-loved surgeon have absolutely nothing in common other than being raging alcoholics. 

Through a series of events, mishaps and coincidences the two men meet.  After trying just about every treatment, theory and cure for their drinking problems they discover that together, with support and understanding from each other, the kind of which they would never hope to find from anyone who hadn’t walked a mile in their sodden shoes, so to speak, that the miracle they had both been searching for all these years was, in fact, them.

With the support of their saint-like wives, the two embark on a quest to bring their own discovery to the masses, one drunk at a time. And so was born AA.

A NoHo Arts theatre review of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, directed by Ronnie Marmo has aextended again through April 23 at Theatre 68 Arts Complex.
Caron Strong, Danielle Montezinos, Kieren van den Blink.

It’s a really fascinating story and one I had no clue about. So, for me, it was a historical drama.  But I could tell that for many in the audience it was the retelling of their own story, a deeper understanding of their lifeline and the community they felt such a debt to. Like going to church.  

This is a wonderful production of a deeply loved play, first performed Off-Broadway some years ago. This “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” revival is a long time coming to Theatre 68. 

Ronnie Marmo directs and instills in the story a noir-like energy. A rhythmic, nuanced stylish production brimming with  authenticity and realism while still embracing the twin plot lines of these men’s stories as they hurtle toward each other in karmic unison.

A NoHo Arts theatre review of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, directed by Ronnie Marmo has aextended again through April 23 at Theatre 68 Arts Complex.
Kieren Van Den Blink and Steven O’Brien.

The performances are brilliant. Each actor bringing to their roles a realism and depth in spite of the lightning style and the complex logic. As the stories of these two men unfold on stage before us we can see how AA materialized. How each moment of their lives apart informed every step of their lives together. Like a map toward an imminent future.  A sliding door of events, twists and turns of fate bringing them closer and closer to their truths and their calling.

What a wonderful array of characters portrayed by truly talented actors with gorgeous layers of anger, despair, hope and a fierce fight for survival. “Bill and Dr.Bob” is a triumphant reminder that “there but for the grace of god go I.” We are all only human, gloriously so in fact, and with that humanity comes a fragility, a vulnerability add for some a disease so all encompassing that it can lead to ruin.  

AA has been, for millions of people, a lifeline. This story should be given the honor it deserves and this wonderful production the consequential attention to which it is absolutely entitled.

A NoHo Arts theatre review of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, directed by Ronnie Marmo has aextended again through April 23 at Theatre 68 Arts Complex.
Caron Strong, Steve Gelder and Steven O’Brien.

Tickets:

https://www.theatre68.com/

When:

“Bill W. and Dr. Bob” is running at Theatre 68 Arts Complex until April 23 – it’s just been extended due to popular demand.  But don’t be fooled, time will fly by, so get your tickets now!!

Fridays 8pm & Saturdays 3pm
Cast: Michael Rubenstone, Daniel T. McCann, Lisa LoCicero, Joyce Fidler, Paul S. & Kimberly Demarse

Saturdays 8pm & Sundays 2pm
Cast: Steven R. O’Brien, Steve Gelder, Kieren van den Blink, Caron Strong, Jon Luke Thomas & Danielle Montezionos

The “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” Team 

Playwrights – Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey
Producer and Director – Ronnie Marmo
Assistant Director – Janelle Marmo
Set Design – Joey Mataratz
Lighting Designer – Mathew Richter
THIS PRODUCTION  OF BILL W. AND DR. BOB IS DOUBLE-CAST