Ragtime

About Production

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by a Harlem musician named Coalhouse Walker Jr.(Darnell Abraham); a white upper-class family in New Rochelle in New York, represented by Mother (Elizabeth Stanely) and Father (David Harris); and Eastern European immigrants, represented by a Jewish immigrant from Latvia, Tateh (J. Anthony Crane).

With a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty, Barrington Stage Company’s Ragtime was directed by Joe Colarco, with musical direction and choreography by Darren Cohen and Shea Sullivan.

“David Harris engagingly plays her status quo-loving husband, who detests disorderly disruptions to his routine” – Theatermania (full review

“Father, played with compelling and poignant resonance and depth by David Harris… Harris is a marvel as Father in a revelatory performance that, rather than settle for stereotype, is determined to explore, discover, render” – The Berkshire Eagle (full review)

“There are so many actors to praise: David Harris as the stalwart Father, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as the naïve Uncle, J. Anthony Crane as desperate Tateh, and Zurin Vilanueva as heart-driven Sarah. Their common denominator? Superb voices.” – In The Spotlight (full review)

“David Harris, who has such a beautiful voice we wished he had more solos” – iBerkshires.com (full review)

“The acting is uniformly exceptional… The evolution and disintegration in Father (David Harris) and Mother’s (Elizabeth Stanley) marriage is palpable… their voices, as well as those of the entire cast, are strong and clear.” – The Lakeville Journal

“There are some ravishing performances in this Barrington Stage production… Elizabeth Stanley and David Harris are great in the roles of Mother and Father, family figures of a privileged white family in New Rochelle..”- Westfield News (full review)

“This show is peopled with wonderful actors. Mother and Father are played, respectively, by Elizabeth Stanley (in a knock-out performance) and David Harris (his character’s sour disposition felt so real in this actor’s delivery)” -Berkshire Bright Focus(full review)

“Praise must also be given to J. Anthony Crane as the immigrant Tateh and David Harris as Father who does not understand or approve of the many changes occurring” – Two on the Aisle (full review)