Photo: The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar | Todd Rosenberg By Sheri Flanders Most theaters would balk at the idea of dumping 90 lbs of gold confetti across the stage for every show, but the Lyric Opera is not most theaters. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and originally...
Take the overall feeling of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, blend in a little Salvador Dali, a touch of Roger Waters. and Pink Floyd, a pinch of Monty Python, and, as my companion said, “a little Molly,” and you have some idea of the experience of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
While Right Brain Project’s production of RAISED IN CAPTIVITY has potential, the bare-bones design choices and the lack of trust in Silver’s comedic mastery make much of the experience feel forced rather than funny.
The theater community is demanding a new standard of purposeful storytelling, a stronger call to answer the question “Why now?” — particularly when mounting a revival. Musical theater, with its fandom and nostalgia, is precious to audiences in a way that other forms are not, and so has often been exempt from engaging in deeper conversation with the real world.
UrbanTheater Company notes as part of their mission, “Preserving the Puerto Rican and Humboldt Park voice for 12 years on Paseo Boricua,” and with ASHES OF LIGHT as part of their season, they truly encapsulate a neighborhood family environment in their space through the natural chemistry provided by their actors.