Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This was possibly one of the worst plays I have ever seen. While there may have been a lot of talent assembled on stage, the material was offensive - homophobic and racist. Yes, it was a black comedy, but I highly doubt the fat white tourists all sitting in the audience realized it as they were laughing at the jokes.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Overall, I think most people agree, the story is timeless - love and family take many forms and shapes - a message that still has a long journey ahead.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The dilemma presented in this story is one argued through the ages - Who owns a story? Who has the right to tell it? Ruth and Lisa wove a complex relationship - one of teacher and pupil and another as surrogate mother and daughter. Playwright Donald Margulies prods the audience to take sides, makes you ask yourself where to draw the line. He presents both sides of the story but it's highly likely you'll walk out of the theatre with an opinion on one side or the other.
Who's side will you take?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The trouble is - they wove a complex tale. There was no hero to route for. While your senses were being bombarded with business terms, facts, figures, and jargon - the story simply lacked anyone or anything redeeming in the end. My personal feeling is that they could have "created" (i.e. taken literary license) a "whistle blower" (which, in reality would not have been that difficult as the real story had the makings of one anyway).
Overall - I (an accountant by trade) loved it, understood it, and appreciated what they had to say. I am guessing that as brilliant as the storytelling efforts were, most people walked out of the theatre confused or angry at a time when the economy is once again in the toilet - hence resurfacing old thoughts of anger, resentment, and ill will towards corporate America in general. At a minimum, some might wonder if Ben Brantley's mutual funds took a nose-dive the day before he reviewed it.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Truth be told, i left at intermission (as did several others). Act I was simply too long, listening to the meek and childlike voice of Billy tell his story just bored me. Were it not for some of the supporting cast and the incredible tap dancing, I'm not sure I would have lasted as long. I'm sure everyone in this cast deserves a some applause, but the collection of talents seemed mis-aligned with the story.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Each character is connected to an unseen character in each scene. That unseen character becomes the character in the next - and as such - a diverse, meandering story develops as the story forwardly unfolds character by character. Much of the play revolves around the airport - a ride to it, waiting in it, and coming home from it. The only surprising, but quite dramatic element, was the climax of the last scene. It seemed a bit out of the context of the rest of the play. In the vernacular of the airport, it seemed like we had a very bumpy landing at the wrong airport. While poignant, the last scene threw the entire play off course. I left feeling i had been duped into something a bit more than i bargained for.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Playing at New World Stages, this play should not be missed by anyone - it's affordable, accessible, and consider it a bonus that you get to see Michael Urie up close and personal.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
It's not like Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth are not capable, they certainly are. It's not like Rob Ashford is not a talented director, he most certainly is. The problem is that we've picked "stars" to lead the show instead of the right talent. Mr. Hayes is a comedic genius - not necessarily a singer - (although i must admit he's got a pretty decent set of pipes). Kristin Chenoweth could possibly be one of the brightest stars on Broadway, but the role of Fran Kublick - questionable.
Because this show is such a good romp and a light hearted love story - it's certainly worth seeing and the cast is certainly talented even if mis-cast. I suspect despite the mixed and luke warm reviews, this one will last a short while.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Kudos to Curran Connor and Jason Jacoby for their fine performances. Both actors are on stage together for just about the entire play - each taking a break for mere moments while the other has a brief monologue.
This play is about family, family issues, and the mess that happens in our lives and how life can grow more complicated despite our desire to love and be loved. I've no idea where the idea for this play came from, but one might speculate the disease may have hit a loved one in Mr. Hall's family and thinking further about it - perhaps this play is somewhat autobiographical. I'm not really sure, but one would assume the ideas, facts, or circumstances may have come from within.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Green Day may not be your favorite band and watching a group of kids come of age in different, yet predictable ways may not be the ideal night in theatre - but the "shock and awe" on stage might just win you over. Will it last? I think at least as long as Spring Awakening. Longer? Not sure.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Mr. Sondheim materializes all evening on the fancy-schmancy TV monitors that morph all over the stage the entire evening. He sets the scenes, tells the story and even makes us laugh and cry in the trip of memories down Sondheim Lane. One wonders if he's so busy that he couldn't make an actual appearance live on stage in the very show that is a tribute to him. Oh well. The talent gets an A but Roundabout gets a D for effort on this one.