Robert Beltran invites "Star Trek" fans to *Solitude*

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  1. Polgara

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    The man is hilarious and has definitely aged nicely. And when he started on Voyager he was going gray then but TPTB made him dye it <jerks>
     
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    I just watched the clip. Awesome. :lol:
     
  3. Cyke101

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    He's done quite a few side projects with Russ since Voyager, correct? Him being the first name mentioned was the first and best clue that it was all a joke :)

    I could be wrong, but isn't Tim Russ his closest friend among the cast? Additionally, while people may dislike Neelix (I don't), I don't think anyone can dislike Ethan Phillips.
     
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    I definitely don't dislike Ethan Phillips or Neelix for that matter..Ethan Phillips is a hoot! And he, Beltran and Russ together are just histerical. :D While I kinda miss Voyager, I'm sadly not as into it anymore as I was(did I actually just SAY THAT?!) :O But I am however, very glad that Beltran is doing so well in plays..I think he prefers doing plays over TV. There was one interview with someone I read that said that "Beltran's science fiction shows don't do him justice as an actor". I'd love to go see his play but am sadly too far away to go see it. But reviews are always nice! :thumbsup:
     
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    Just found this wonderful (little ) picture from Solitude- "RB- The Man".:drool::drool:
    I think he looks beautiful.:drool:[​IMG]
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the reviews and yes Marieka, he's still gorgeous. It's been said before; like fine wine, he's getting better all the time.

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    Still not liking the longer hair...
     
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    He has aged so nicely, gorgeous.
     
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    I'm just glad he finally got rid of the somewhat Santa Claus-esque beard!
     
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    I got a very good report about "RB in Solitude". It`s written by Larry Nemecek. Thank you Larry.

    Visit Larry Nemeceks homepage
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    Robert Beltran shines in a very shiny world premiere play: “Solitude” in Los Angeles von Larry Nemecek

    Robert Beltran has been one of the Trek “alumni” to keep a low profile, avoiding the convention stage for the most part and keeping to his acting. And for that, he has long said he prefers the live stage to film and TV, even though that’s what pays the bills.

    Being in L.A., there’s constantly a lot of buzz and PR flying by for plays featuring a lot of the Trekland folks we know, and don’t always have the time to check them out or follow-up. My general impression of Robert the past few years was that he did a lot of ethnic theatre, which flourishes here amid LA’s big melting pot. So when a mutual friend was visiting and got us all passes to go see him in “Solitude” Sept. 19, I figured a play being staged by the Latino Theatre Company would be enjoyable as some kind of typical ethnic theme.

    It was enjoyable, all right, but nothing like I was expecting. In fact, I was blown away! This world premiere by Evelina Fernandez, who was also part of the cast and developed it in workshop with them, was hardly a “token” Latino play. It used the culture as a backdrop, but the play was all about a man who’d escaped his poverty and built a successful career, leaving everything behind in shame—including his friends and mother, none of whom he’d seen in years … until her funeral, that is. Funny and sad, touching and dangerous—as with the best of drama, a feast of emotions.

    Robert’s fans would have been amazed and pleased, as we were, to see him display so many sides so far from Chakotay. Funny enough, his role was the limo driver for the mourners—aloof from the small group at first, but a man who definitely makes an impact. A lover of women but fearful of marriage, a spouter of opinions but an observer of people—with a lot of punch lines and funny bits. As he constantly quotes Mexican writer Octavio Paz’s “The Labyrinth of Solitude,” a look at the Mexicans’ split cultural psyche, Robert’s character “The Man” serves almost like a chorus or narrator. Still, he also sneaks his way right into the heart of the action—not just about the son/husband, but increasingly all those around him at his mother’s after-funeral gathering.

    Most of all, for Robert and the entire seven-member cast, the play smacks you with incredible energy from being so stylized: A simple stage with black chairs, table and grand piano. A mute character introduced as Robert’s cousin Chelo, but underscores the moods with his cello actually played live on stage. A bare theatre back wall where projections show a stream of ornate titles and curly-Q designs are projected, naming each new scene as it unfolds.

    And then the music: BLARING Cuban and Latin rhythms during the scene breaks. They punctuate, overwhelm and infect the listeners with verve and focus—not only the audience but the cast as well, who dance in place, solo, to the music at every scene break. Even as they change the simple set pieces themselves. Sometimes together; sometimes each doing their own thing, off in different directions. (Can you tell that I loved this staging, and most of all the injection of such powerful and revealing music into what otherwise would have been simple, throwaway scene changes?) It’s as if every character played out his own little dance, even when others are not watching—or, occasionally, kinda sorta together. Not as couples—just in the same general direction, with the same general moves.

    Now, I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre, but it has been years since I actively worked or volunteered—so I tend to think I’m a little out of the world of live theatre these days. I enjoyed the daring staging with its music mood and metaphors, and felt like I was back in the rawness of university theatre; I wondered, though, if that was typical today for L.A. theatre. But I got to chat with director Jose Luis Valenzuela, the UCLA professor and Latino Theatre founder/artistic director, and he assured me that it was still very much atypical and “out there.” I was not outdated at all!

    The show had a great run of Sept. 9-Oct. 4, Thursdays through Sundays with an extra matinee Saturdays, and was held over an extra week. We enjoyed it so much we went back again and paid for our tickets that time! Many of Robert’s Trekmates came to see it through the run, too; on our second trip we saw Garrett Wang and caught up with him during intermission.

    All in all, it was the first live show we had seen Robert in since his bare-bones Hamlet production about 10 years ago, during Voyager. “The Man” was a great role for him, letting him display a real power and range from comedy to seduction to enigma, and the reviews got it. The Los Angeles Times cites “sexy, funny Robert Beltran in the show’s linchpin performance”; LA’s ShowMag.com simply called it “a powerful performance.”

    And we concur! It was a total surprise from what we were expecting, we got swept up in the simplicity and the bold use of music, and we loved it. And when we got the chance to catch up afterwards, that’s exactly what we told Robert.
     
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    Kudos and congrats to Robert for the high praise from no less than the L.A. Times. It's nice to see any of my Voyager people doing well.
     
  15. Mareika

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    I`m glad that he got such a great report, mainly because you can always read in forums and at many other Star Trek sites "Robert Beltran is a bad actor".
    It shows he isn`t.
     
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    Now bizarrely for me I never minded the beard, nor the longer hair... :techman:

    Someone said somewhere he may be headed my way next year. My country that is, not literally 'my way' as in to my house, up my stairs... :rofl: Off to have a google. Won't be holding my breath, but it would be nice
     
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    Ponytail? Ewww, no. That's passed me by. Do you have a link/pic? *peers nervously between fingers*
     
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    This is the best I can do: http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Katanay.

    I couldn't find a screencap, but it was pretty hideous. Actually bothered me more than the peace sign/snake facial tattoo.