by Alec Harvey, The Birmingham News
November 10, 2009
“Bully! An Adventure With Teddy Roosevelt”
City Equity Theatre at the Virginia Samford Theatre
Through Nov. 15
Review gets four out of five stars
Theodore Roosevelt was an interesting man — a politician, of course, but also an explorer, hunter, author, naturalist and any number of other things.
He died in 1919 at age 60, but Teddy Roosevelt is alive and well and holding court at the Virginia Samford Theatre in the guise of “Bully!,” a one-man show about the 26th president of the United States.
It’s Alan Gardner, co-founder of City Equity Theatre, which is presenting the show, who has the daunting task of portraying the larger-than-life Roosevelt, and he is more than up to the task. From the opening moments of “Bully!,” as Gardner bustles down an aisle and to the stage, we like him. Roosevelt is a great storyteller with magnificent stories to tell, whether they happened in the White House or in the wilds of Africa, and playwright Jerome Alden, director Alan Litsey and Gardner keep the action moving right along.