Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Porgy and Bess
Norm Lewis (Porgy) and Audra McDonald (Bess) turn in flawless performances along with a top-notch ensemble cast including the devilishly slick David Alan Grier (Sporting Life). The stage is simply and appropriately shabbily adorned and the costumes are equally appropriate and well designed for the period.
Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre L. Murray, the story moves us swiftly through the poor neighborhood of Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina in the late 1930's and weaves a hopeful yet sad tale of the poor black residents who form a deFacto family to both provide for each other and protect each other. The story and this adaptation displays their strengths and weaknesses, devotion, and desires with aplomb.