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Terry Teachout’s play Satchmo at the Waldorf on view at Palm Beach Dramaworks — and directed by Teachout in his first at-bat, comes close to allowing that communion with the unvarnished, uncensored and complex human being beneath the sunny, grinning creation that the world adored as Louis Armstrong.
If his resume wasn’t already unusually diverse for a theater critic, it might seem strange that Terry Teachout is adding “director” to his hyphenated professional description when his play Satchmo at the Waldorf opens this month at Palm Beach Dramaworks.
Terry Teachout, the drama critic for The Wall Street Journal who has championed regional theater as a major force on the national level, will make his directorial debut next spring helming Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of his own play, Satchmo at the Waldorf
Satchmo at the Waldorf triumphs with very little music and none of it created live by the brilliant John Douglas Thompson’s resurrection of the jazz great. Instead, Thompson summons up Louis Armstrong reminiscing near the end of his life after a performance at the titular hotel. The evening is an incisive character study not a greatest hits concert.