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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Stage Addiction: The Good, The Bad, and The Deeply, Seriously Ugly

THE GOOD: Bravo to Stephen Sondheim for changing the name of his musical from the irritatingly chipper Bounce to the smarter, leaner new title: Road Show. This musical has had more titles that a British monarch (Wise Guys, Gold!, etc.), but I think this is the best of the best. And it's even shweeter to think that, when it opens at the Public in the fall, it'll be starring two of the brilliant stars of the master's recent revivals of Assassins and Sweeney Todd: Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani.

THE BAD: Don't get me wrong...I love love LOVE Mary-Louise Parker. But am I the only one who thinks she's not a great choice for Hedda Gabler, which she'll bring to Broadway next winter? Ibsen's masterpiece is about corseted passions and the terrifying power of secret desires...at least, among the Norwegian elite of centuries past. Parker, as great as she is, sits most comfortably in a contemporary style...and she positively reeks of down-home familiarity. Is this Hedda? I dunno.

THE DEEPLY, SERIOUSLY UGLY: This. After some great casting and below-the-line talent choices, I had hopes that Shrek might head in a less obvious, more inspired direction with its design. But this costume unquestionably refutes that...in fact, it seems desperate to look as much like the movie as possible.

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Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

Toooooootally with you on M-L P in Hedda G.. It's probably too harsh to say "almost anyone would be better," by which I mean almost any major theater actress, but I did think it.

8/17/08, 8:20 PM  

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