THEATER | DANCE | CLASSICAL MUSIC | OPERA | COMEDY

NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS

REVIEWS

Glenn Morshower

Review: The Extra Mile | GEM Productions | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts


Miles To Go

Film actor Glenn Morshower dresses up a motivational speech as theater. Does it work?



published Wednesday, February 1, 2012
1 comment


Traditionally theater performance is just thought of as plays and musicals and the like, but it can take on many forms. One of those being a motivational seminar like the one noted actor Glenn Morshower gave at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night, called The Extra Mile.

Morshower is instantly recognizable when you see him. With more than 200 movies to his credit the Dallas native has accumulated a lifetime of experience in performance, getting his start at Dallas Theater Center at the tender age of 12.

He's a natural in front of an audience, confident and comfortable. He spins an entertaining yarn mixing equal parts humor and poignancy. And he fills the role of guide through life with great aplomb.

The Extra Mile is a project Morshower took on to essentially take his philosophy on life to the people, accurately sensing that it'd be something they'd react positively too. The evening includes anecdotes, inspirational and motivational messages and some performance all delivered with unwavering, almost manic, energy.

He claims to not work from a script, and it shows. The first act, opened by local singer/songwriter Gary Lynn Floyd, lasts nearly two hours. Walking out of the theater during intermission two ushers could be overheard saying to each other that Morshower had gone 30 minutes over. But, the funny thing is, no one minded. The reason for the overage was that Morshower, shooting from the hip, kept remembering stories, many of them hilarious, that he wanted to tell. Stories like fishing in a busy intersection or how food can be used to calm the nerves during an audition. His enthusiasm was contagious, and coincidentally, the point of the entire presentation.

The Extra Mile is exactly what it sounds like. It's that idea that to truly succeed in life one needs to go the extra mile to attain it. Simple yet presented in a unique, engaging way.

Performance is often a narrow concept to most. What Morshower  is able to do with The Extra Mile is take his experience as a traditional performer and apply that to an often stale medium, the motivational speech. How many people have sat in a hotel ballroom bored out of their minds at whatever random person was trying to motivate for more production.

Morshower takes the whole idea of a motivational speech and turns it on its ear. And there's something for everyone because he doesn't limit his focus to one thing or one area. It focuses on the individual rather than the task, and thus, is able to say something to everyone. The spiritual person, the professional, the family guy or gal and the actor.

Yes, on top of being a solid performance, actors will want to see this because there's a lot of inside info and good tips on how to make it, no matter how uncomfortable putting syrup in your shoes may be.

Though it's certainly not a traditional night at the theater, and may even make you wonder "is it theater?", Morshower delivers a solid combination of information and entertainment in a package not often seen utilized so effectively. And in the end, if success and happiness lie at the end of the extra mile, Glenn Morshower is a pretty good guide for the journey. Thanks For Reading




Comments:

Heli writes:
Thursday, February 2 at 4:50PM

Not only was Glenn good but how about Gary Lynn Floyd's music? It was awesome. The inspirational theme of his music is part of the Whole Extra Mile message.


Dates, Prices, & Other Details

View the Article Slideshow

Comment on this Article

Share this article on Social Media
Click or Swipe to close
Miles To Go
Film actor Glenn Morshower dresses up a motivational speech as theater. Does it work?
by Kris Noteboom

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center Explorers Club Amphibian Nutcracker Jubilation Zoot Suit Dallas Childrens Theatre A Civil War Christmas SantaLand Diaries Black Nativity Dallas Childrens Theatre Santaland Diaries Calendar Girls Dallas Opera Explorers Irving arts Center
Click or Swipe to close
reviews
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
audiocasts
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
contests
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
crowdfunding
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
studio
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web



Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:


Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:


TheaterJones Section:


Category:
Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Search
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  



Your Name:
Your Email Adress:


please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :
Submit