By Lawrence Frascella
Updated May 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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George Gershwin Alone

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This one-man show about the Broadway great presents a major life in a minor key. Writer-pianist Hershey Felder resembles Gershwin slightly, so when he takes to the sepia-toned stage, lovers of the American song might feel a nostalgic nibble. But soon it’s clear that Felder lacks range as an actor and a singer — and it really hurts when he closes the show by hammering ”Rhapsody in Blue” to bits. It’s all a puzzling affair. The only thing we learn for sure is that Gershwin had chutzpah, perhaps because it echoes Felder’s own. D

George Gershwin Alone

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  • Stage

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