5.6/101 Votes Alchetron
Written by Herb Gardner
Original language English
Initial release 24 December 1996
Box office 26,011 USD
Music director Gerry Mulligan
38% Rotten Tomatoes
Date premiered 1984
Director Herb Gardner
Screenplay Herb Gardner
Place premiered Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle, Washington
Cast Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T Nelson, Martha Plimpton
Similar Walter Matthau movies, Movies about old age, Dramas
I m not rappaport trailer 1996
I'm Not Rappaport is a play by Herb Gardner, which originally ran on Broadway in 1985.
- I m not rappaport trailer 1996
- I m not rappaport 1996 official trailer walter matthau ossie davis movie hd
- Film adaptation
- Stage productions in Europe
- Awards and nominations
I m not rappaport 1996 official trailer walter matthau ossie davis movie hd
The play was originally staged by Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1984.
The play premiered on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on November 19, 1985, and closed on January 17, 1988 after 891 performances. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the cast starred Judd Hirsch (Nat), Cleavon Little (Midge Carter), Jace Alexander (Gilley), and Mercedes Ruehl (Clara).
The production received Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Lighting Design, and Best Actor (Judd Hirsch).
A revival opened at the Booth Theatre on July 25, 2002, where it ran for 53 performances and 15 previews. Again directed by Sullivan, Hirsch reprised his role and was joined by Ben Vereen.
Prior to the Broadway 2002 production, the play had engagements at three regional venues: the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Miami in January 2002; Ford's Theater, Washington, DC in February 2002; and the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey in February and March 2002. The play, directed by Sullivan starred Hirsch and Ben Vereen.
Inspired by two elderly men Gardner met in New York City's Central Park, the play focuses on Nat Moyer, a feisty Jew, and Midge Carter, a cantankerous African-American, who spend their days sitting on a bench. They both mask the realities of aging, sharing tall tales that Nat spins. The play touches on several issues, including society's treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas.
Its title comes from an old vaudeville joke, a variation of which evolved into dialogue between the two protagonists:
The 1996 film version, written and directed by Gardner, starred Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson, Martha Plimpton, Peter Friedman, and Ron Rifkin.
Stage productions in Europe
In 1986 at the Apollo Theatre London, the part of Nat was played by Paul Scofield.
In 2012, a theatre group in Germany had come under fire for allowing a white actor to paint his face and take the part of the black character Midge Carter on stage. This was not an isolated case.
Awards and nominations