Monday, May 24, 2010
All this aside, I was entertained. James Carpinello - hot and dripping with sex. Kerry Butler (Sherry) finally got to make out with him (since he never made it to the opening night of Xanadu because of his injury!). I didn't see Constantine Maroulis, but his understudy was darn good. Fill in the comedy factor with Hertz and his son Franz (um, super funny and sexy and the boy could dance his cute little ass off!).
I've said it a few times this season - the show was good, but is this Broadway? I think not. I'd pay to see it at the Beacon Theatre or in this case even the Theatre at Madison Square Garden - I'm not happy that this crap ends up on Broadway!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Here we have a young girl who is promised to man whom she does not love. She loves a boy from the town madly (and secretly) who does not have the dowry to pay to marry her. There's a poor young man at the estate who is not too smart and can't figure out how to please the mistress of the estate. The mistress of the estate who is in love with the young boy but for the formalities of life, is afraid to tell him. There are two vagabond actors, one of whom is a long lost relative, a few townspeople and two servants on the estate.
The actors all serve up outstanding performances - from the comedic to the dramatic and you left the theatre with a sense of just having witnessed true professionals delivering the goods. Bravo!
Friday, May 21, 2010
On the other hand, I don't agree with the idea that a hearing person can't play a deaf character, a seeing person can't play a blind role, etc. I don't think either should be preferred - or discouraged - just the best person for the cast at that time, that production, and the desired result. This production of Bass for Picasso was produced by Theater Breaking Through Barriers. They promote and encourage actors with disabilities to hone their craft. Bravo!
Now - with that out of the way - the play was awful. An absurd, (and frankly a bit dishonest) comedic romp (occasionally) looking at the gay lifestyle and concepts of family in New York today. Well - i for one don't know anyone like these characters - none of them. They were over-the-top and stereotypical. I presume the theater company was trying to make a point about discrimination and stereotyping - just using another group of people to prove the point through the laughter. Well, the characters were strange - and frankly, the disabilities the actors had only served to make each of their characters more absurd and in turn the entire play a flop. There were plenty of funny lines, but I left feeling sad for many of the characters. Most of them, actually. I think the choice of the work was a gamble. One that will not pay off.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The play was commissioned in England to be delivered to women in prison - to tell them how hard it may be "on the outside" after they are released. Money doesn't come easily, old habits die hard, and family may take several forms.
A 90 minute electrifying performance by both women. While virtually nothing much transpires between the two women the entire show - the message, emotion, and result is incredibly powerful.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Christopher Sieber (Dan) and Lucas Steele (Terry) give a tender, romantic, and honest performance - so honest in fact, that you might think they are an off-stage couple as well (alas, they are not). The supporting ensemble peppers them with with sage advice, warnings, a splash of humor, and of course lots of great harmonies. Jill Eikenberry, as Dan's mother, sings a song in Act II that brought tears to my eyes about a mother watching her son grow up and letting him be who he needed to be. The always adorable Tyler Maynard hammed it up as only he can as Chad and a few other scene stealing characters. Susan Blackwell usually known for her sardonic wit kept things uncharacteristically serious and real as Anne, the adoption agent. Ann Harada, as Ruth (and others) had several comedic cameos.
Not only was the musical score divine, the set had a multi-media backdrop where video blurbs and graphic animations were shown. The final animation clip was a perfect way to end and entirely enjoyable evening of theatre. There's a lot of competition in this market segment this year - but I have a feeling that this won't be the last time we see The Kid on a New York stage.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Let me be upfront. I HATE wrestling. (If I liked it do you think I'd be writing a Broadway theatre blog?). But wrestling is a merely the perfect tool to lay out the argument. And "lay out" is exactly what Ushman Ally, Terrence Archie, Desmin Borges, Christian Litke, and Michael T Weiss do with the material. Power-Slam.
Want to see what a Pulitzer prize winning play looks like - Proceed immediately to Second Stage Theatre.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Entertained? I sure as f*#k was. Witness to history? In a way, sort of. Top notch theatre? No, not really. What does this all mean? Spend the $60 for a ticket and get an irreverent, funny, musical history of the life of our 7th president - Andrew Jackson.
I don't see this as a Broadway transfer (but crazier things have certainly happened). Appropriate for the Public Theatre this musical romp was well worth the 90 minutes in the elaborately shabby Newman theatre at the Public.
From his first words (and first sight - *sigh*) Benjamin Walker (Andrew Jackson) is HOT (dripping with sex, one might say) . The ensemble cast surrounding him never failed to entertain. More than a few times - over the top - but I guess that's what I signed up for. My favorites included Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Van Buren) and Jeff Hiller (Adams) - who both almost made me pee in my pants a few times. Everyone is young. Everyone is sexy. It's loud. That's what they are going for.
Spring Awakening meets American Idiot meets Saturday Night Live - - that's my vote and I'm sticking to it.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Run, Don't Walk. This one has Broadway transfer potential.