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(no subject) [Dec. 14th, 2018|12:02 am]
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(no subject) [Dec. 13th, 2018|01:03 am]
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La Traviata [Dec. 12th, 2018|01:40 am]
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Sing out, Louise, sing OUT!

I love Verdi, a lot. I’m beginning to think, however, that La Traviata and I just don’t get along. I was, as I recall, unenthusiastic about the Met’s last production when it was new. I haven’t seen it since then, and I was even less enthusiastic tonight. I’m going to skip the part where I go on and on about how it wasn’t good, because I’m sure my perspective is biased. The first act was unimpressive, the second interminable (not just because it was acts II and III knocked together). It was all downhill (and that’s a very long hill) after a ghastly, flaccid Violetta-Germont duet. The third act (act IV) might actually have been ok, but by that point I was well past caring.

ETA: I thought the “this is all Violetta’s memory the moment before she dies” conceit was perfectly clear, but it seems to have completely eluded Tommasini in the Times, so maybe not.
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(no subject) [Dec. 11th, 2018|12:15 am]
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(no subject) [Dec. 10th, 2018|12:38 am]
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(no subject) [Dec. 9th, 2018|01:43 am]
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2018|12:34 am]
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The Cher Show [Dec. 7th, 2018|12:09 am]
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Well, any show with Charlie Williams in the ensemble is automatically not all bad. And Stephanie J. Block is always fantastic and at times uncannily Cher. The Cher Show is, however, not all that great in between them. It’s reasonably entertaining—the brisk, snappy first act, at least—but it’s a bit too slick and under-outrageous. Too Broadway, not Cher enough. And that with three Chers sharing the stage.

They tell the story, they play it out, and in the first act it’s mostly enough. The gags are cheap and corny, but they pass quickly. The sense that only actual Cher could carry this book comes on slowly, though after intermission it’s pretty abruptly something maybe even she couldn’t enliven.

But, for all that, it’s no Summer. And there’s always Charlie.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (again) [Dec. 6th, 2018|01:27 am]
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The alchemy of theatre. That’s what came to mind in the final moments of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this evening. Of course, I should have been totally absorbed in the drama of the moment. (The ending, though, is mostly about dissipating the tension of the climax and gathering together the threads of the story.) And ideally all parts of the show would be equally good. The inadequacies of the script and its canonical looseness are still troubling. But the alchemy of it—the making of a whole which exceeds all of its parts—that’s the thing.
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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2018|01:17 am]
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