Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Blue Flower
Effectively a story about a story, about a story - (yes, that's a lot of stories) - the show is told to the audience by a narrator while the actors mostly silently act and sing in a somewhat chaotic manner. When the actors do speak (it's rare) it's often, as in the case of Max, is in his made up gibberish language - which I never did quite connect the dots as to why he started speaking it in the first place. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of points in the show that, while intriguing, never quite connected to the next point. And I haven't even gotten to the songs yet! The songs, you ask? I found myself asking song after song - what on earth does this song have to do with what I'm watching? Finally, I still, after asking no less than 4 reasonably intelligent-looking, theatre-going people sitting near me in the theatre, cannot understand what the significance of the blue flower even is. It's the title of the show for Pete's sake and they used blue flower petals about 6 times in the show too! You'd think the gun, used in both act 1 and act 2 would somehow be made relevant! Confounding, to say the least. Distracting, confusing, and illogical mostly.
So while the sets may be imaginative (Beowulf Boritt) and the sketches and storyboards may have looked good, The Blue Flower doesn't translate well from page to stage. Director Will Pomerantz gave it a gallant try but this miss is neither his nor the actors' faults. Some books should just be left on the coffee table to admire.