We have probably all seen the movie version of this with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor where the book's subtext of Brick's homosexuality is submerged beneath illusions of something else. We saw it in 1992 at the Hilberry Theater, which is the graduate repertory theater associated with Wayne State University in Detroit. A young actor, Thorsten Kaye, played Brick, the Newman role. I thought it would be fun to see whether he had any success after his years in Detroit and see he is currently on the tv show SMASH. He seems to have had steady if not spectacular success since 1992.
Here is a clip from the original Broadway version with Ben Gazarra and Barbara Bel Geddes
We saw this episodically charming musical at the Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake in 2010. The show was written by Ogden Nash and S.J. Perelman, with the music by Kurt Weil. The clip above is from a Broadway version. It has also been made into a film with Ava Gardner. The book isn't particularly riveting but a lot of the music and staging was fun. It's the story of the goddess, Venus, brought to life.
For musical theater lovers, there are some lovely songs.
George F. Walker is a renown Canadian playwright whose work should be performed in the U.S. more often. I saw this play at the Attic Theater in Detroit in 1992. Sad to say, I have little memory of it. It originally opened at the Factory Theater (Toronto) in 1989 to positive reviews and standing ovations. It examines a variety of moral issues through the metaphor of class conflict as embodied in the lives of society's downtrodden. But it is also a comedy.
The Attic Theater was big on socially relevant plays as I look through my programs from the years it existed. The Attic was the baby of Lavinia Moyer who still directs theater in Detroit.
I have never seen the movie shown here (is it a parody?) but we saw the play THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov at the Stratford Festival in 2008. I must confess I far prefer Chekhov's stories to his plays, which seem overly lethargic, dramatic, enigmatic. For me, a play is immediate and I have little patience with enigmatic characters on a stage. Especially a cast full of them. When reading a play, you can stop to mull a line over but on stage, the action or inaction continues.
But I am sure there are some great fans of his plays.
We saw this at Stratford Shakespeare Festival this summer. A nicely mounted production but not my favorite play by any means. The actor playing Henry played Lenny in THE HOMECOMING last season and oh, my I liked him better in that. He was transfixing in that play.
I have to admit Shakespeare's history plays leave me cold except for Richard III.Am I a philistine?
For anyone who's interested, I have an interview at Tom Pluck's Belly Up to the Bar. It's because I am widely known for my drinking prowess.
This was performed at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin two weeks ago. It was an amazing production where more than half of the stories in Joyce's DUBLINERS were magically brought to life almost solely through his words and a few changes of costume. Seeing it in the city of Dublin was just terrific.
Adapted by Michael West and Annie Ryan . Four performances of this classic were not nearly enough. I have to assume it will play elsewhere. It would be a travesty if it were not.
We saw this in Edinburgh at the fringe festival in 1994. The play is by Stephen Greenhorn and deals with a fishing community and the trials and tribulations such families live through.
The Edinburgh fringe festival prides itself on showing small and experimental plays that could not get major productions. I see this one has been produced again. And that Mr. Greenhorn is still writing for the stage and screen.
I think I have seen A CHORUS LINE at least three times. And I would probably see it again. The playbill in my hand is from the Schubert Theater in New York in 1989. Sad that both Bennett and Hamlisch are gone now. If you love dance, love theater, love music, this one is for you.