The Impossible H.L. Mencken
JACK KROLL WROTE:
"We hear the great blaster of buncombe harpoon some of his favorite fish: politicians, prohibitionists, actors, idealists, belieivers in the imoortality of the soul and other "idiots." At once twinkliung and truculent, with the raspiness of a young George C. Scott, Rothman fuses these obiter dicta to create a real character portriat of a complex spirit, a poet in spite of himself. This self-mocking poetry emerges when the blissfully pickled Mencken, geasturing dremily with his eternal cigar, describes the waltz as "sneaky, insideous—like the murmur of rthe illimitable sea or the sweet gurgle of a pretyy girl." —
THE NEW YORK TIMES REVIEWED THE SHOW TWICE:
RICHARD F. SHEPARD
H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore bldgeon who had a comment, entirely disrespectful, for everything that crossed his mind, enlivened the first half of this century for millions of readers. "The Impossible H.L. Mencken" is an amusing presentation, a broadside of vintage Mencken . Mr. Rothman delivers Mencken with assuredness but not with any more bombast than inheres to the lines.....it works mostly, and works well!
"As Mencken, Mr. Rothman is a convincing curmudgeon, chomping on his proverbial cigar while attacking the pieties of the day with gleeful delight."
THE NEW YORK POST,
By the end of this convivial evening. Mencken is half in the bag, his impersonator is half out of his rumpled suit and we are in love with both of them." —
THE NEW YORKER. EIDTH OLIVER
"Mr. Rothman has chosen skillfully and the material- the strongest and funniest and most exhilarating since Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain- more than carries the day" — The New Yorker
ROTHMANS' MENCKEN ON FILM
The Impossible H.L. Mencken - filmed for Maryland Public Television 1985 (CLIP)
Good Night Valentino -( 2003) Sundance Selected short Starring Eduardo Ballerini as Valentino and John Rothman as H.L Mencken . www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3354001689