Me and Orson Welles – reviewed at The Stranger

I love Orson Welles – the director, the actor, the radio voice, the inimitable presence – and what I love most about Orson Welles and Me is the loving recreation of Welles: as artist, as ego, as larger-than-life self-creation. I review the film for The Stranger.

When Zac Met Orson: "Me and Orson Welles"
When Zac Met Orson: "Me and Orson Welles"

Me and Orson Welles is your classic coming-of-age-story/high-school-theater- geek-wet-dream: A precocious teenager is picked out of the crowd by his stage hero, cast in a maverick play, and ushered into manhood by an enchanting older woman. It’s the details that make it so much fun: the artist is young Orson Welles (a mesmerizing Christian McKay), the enfant terrible of the New York stage in 1937, and the play is his modern-dress version of Julius Caesar (in Mussolini Blackshirt costumes).

Read the complete review here.

Postscript: The review was cut for space; my original last line reads as follows: “It’s that ride that director Richard Linklater brings to life in a rousing production filled with wondrous detail, marvelous tidbits of Wellesian history and myth and great moments of theatrical magic.”

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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