THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Unavoidable Disappearance Star Rich Sommer Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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07 Aug 2013

Rich Sommer
Rich Sommer

Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of actor Rich Sommer, who co-stars in the Roundabout Theatre Company's world-premiere production of Steven Levenson's The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, which continues through Aug. 25 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

Denis O'Hare in Take Me Out

 

"I do not follow baseball. I do not think about baseball. But when Denis O'Hare talked about the ceremony surrounding a home run, I was absolutely destroyed. Some of the most beautiful and perfect speeches I've ever experienced."

 

 

Elisabeth Moss in Speed-the-Plow 

 

"It was one of the first times I had the opportunity to see someone I knew personally in a Broadway show. It was exhilarating, and she blew me away."

 

 

Boyd Gaines in Journey's End
 

 

"It was maybe the first time that I cheered reading the Tony nominations."

Justin Kirk in Other Desert Cities

 

"I saw Other Desert Cities in that little window where Justin Kirk was playing Trip, and he was remarkable. So easy."

 

 

Jessica Hecht in The Assembled Parties 

 

"I knew nothing about the play coming in, so I was completely surprised by her transformation from the first act to the second. Just stunning." 

 

 

Judith Light in The Assembled Parties

 

"Can I choose two from one show? Because she was equally amazing. I was a mess during her speech about the ruby necklace."

 

Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher

 

"Not sure if I've ever seen someone own the stage like he did. It was a lesson in stage presence. And, he was as scary as he was funny."

 

Oliver Chris in One Man, Two Guvnors

 

"I thought Oliver Chris got too little love for his work in this. Other people got more attention in that production, and they were fantastic. But he was the one I ended up talking about and ripping off for days. That bit with handing out the money. My goodness."

Michael Potts in The Book of Mormon

 

"I was two years late in seeing the show, so thank goodness Michael Potts was still in it. He was shockingly unlike how I had seen him on screen, which I should stop being surprised at. Turns out there are some good actors out there."

 

 

Jeremy Shamos in Clybourne Park
 

 

"He is unabashedly free on stage, and I try to be more like him whenever I can. I consistently fall short, but I have spent two plays in a row basically stealing everything he did in Clybourne Park."