Monday, April 20, 2009

Razzle-Dazzled

It was nice to wake up on Sunday to two theater reviews in the T-D. Ms. Haubenstock’s appreciation of Barkdale’s “Well” includes this compelling list of couplets: occasionally hilarious, sometimes profound, increasingly skewed. I have to say that this pretty much encapsulates the kind of play I’d like to see. I'll have to fit it in somehow over the next few weeks.

Ms. Lewis’s review of Richmond Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” made me laugh in the way she is very complimentary about the show and then sticks a nice little jab in about the “audience experience” right at the end. It certainly was a bit humid at 2nd Pres on Saturday.

I will warn folks right now that this production of “Midsummer” is one of those rare productions that I may need to talk about multiple times in the days and weeks to come. There’ll be more details on why when my review comes out in the next couple of days but to put it succinctly: I haven’t laughed that hard in a long long time.

But before blather on about "Midsummer, I’ll have to talk about “Chicago,” Theatre VCU’s production that I saw on Saturday night. But that’ll have to wait until I have a few more pages of my grad school paper under my belt -- so more later!

2 comments:

Jacquie said...

I found it very strange that there was no specific mention of Jenny or Jody in Susan's review (even though she mentions that the cast is strong all the way around, and then goes on to talk about the 4 supporting actors.) I wonder if this was a space issue. That would be sad, but not surprising for the RTD. I hear Jenny and Jody are fabulous!

On another note, I saw Chicago last week and was blown away. The entire cast is amazing but you can not take your eyes off Maggie Marlin. She also happens to be the choreographer for "Trailer Park" (shameless plug) and will be the lead in this summer’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at Barksdale. I can't wait to see her on stage again!

Grant Mudge said...

Thanks, Dave! --just fyi an HVAC repair was completed on Monday and Tuesday and the chapel at 2nd Pres shouldn't be quite *that* 'Midsummery' the rest of the run.

Grant Mudge