Thursday, October 11, 2018

Day 301 PPT's Pride and Prejudice - Unconventional Version- a "Dramatic Parody" at the O'Rielly Theater

Sisters from right to left, Lydia, Lizzy and Jane*

"Pride and Prejudice" is a classic Jane Austen romantic novel that most of us  read  at some point in our school history. Although written in 1800’s it still remains a popular English novel and  has  been adapted into numerous plays, movies and even a TV series. Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill  is quite unconventional. This version managed to keep a recognizable thread of the iconic story but injected exaggerated humor akin to a Monty Python parody of this classic. If you are expecting the traditional story then you might be disappointed with this “dramatic parody” but if you can keep an open mind, you will get the best of both worlds- superb acting and fast paced zany humor.  

Opening dance *

Reflection
The play opens  with symbolism as the eight person cast dressed in white seem joyous  as they dance and play.  Maybe they are interacting without societal labels,  preconceived opinions of each other and pride or prejudices (or maybe I am over thinking it and the opening was just meant to be fun). It was different nonetheless.


 The play is also performed with the audience seated on all four sides. The actors weave though the audience at various times during the play since  part of the set is located among the audience. The rainbow of colors hanging from the theater chandeliers gave a clue that a whimsical show was going to follow.

The original  Jane Austen story  even without any adaptation had many treads of humor. Four Bennet sisters seek a husband in order to keep the family from being poverty stricken when Mr. Bennet passes.  In the 1800’s girls could not inherit property. The importance of marrying a  wealthy man in this English society  superseded happiness especially for Mrs. Bennet (Elena Alexandratos) who is obsessed with finding a wealthy bachelor for her girls.

The girls each have distinctive personalities and these personalities are exaggerated in this version. Jane (Ashley Bufkin) is the eldest and most beautiful with an optimistic view of the world. Lizzy (Simone Recasner) is an intelligent independent women who is not interested in marriage.  Mary (played by a man, Andrew William Smith)  is  more interested in books and lectures then men and the youngest, Lydia (Emma Mercier) is a 14 year old free spirited girl.   

The play begins at a ball where Jane meets and falls for playboy and wealthy Mr. Bingley (Andrew William Smith’s duel role).  His friend Mr. Darcy (Ryan Garbayo) is one of the richest  men in England and he  thwarts Bingley’s connection with Jane because she is not his societal equal.  Jane’s heart is broken but things turn around for her in the end.

Lizzy (Simone Recasner) and Mr Darcy (Ryan Garbayo) *
Over the course of the play even though they both try to resist,  Mr. Darcy develops an interest in Lizzy .  Their  interaction was the “drama part of the play” and it was superbly acted by Garboyo and Recasner and by far my favorite part of the action.  Eventually Lizzy over comes her prejudices about Darcy and he overcomes his pride which leads to their  happily ever after. There is more drama in-between before the play ends with an eighties dance party. 

At first, maybe because  I am a fan of the original story or because I did not expect the injection of the zany comedy, I did not enjoy the changes to my beloved story. If fact, it seemed at times a little over the top in an attempt to be different.  Although skillfully done, there were  women playing men, men playing women and  actors playing multiple characters that caused humorous fast wardrobe changes. When both characters had to be on the stage simultaneously, as a gag, the clothes of one of the characters  glided across the stage on a maniken. There was continued audience laughter as Mary, pathetic and  unattractive, was  played by the same actor as Mr. Bingley (a 6 foot 4 inch tall Andrew William Smith).


From the waves of laughter, many  in the audience loved the  levity of the play. My friend and I agreed that  our brains adapted to its madcap nature after the intermission and we began to laugh along with the others.

A kin to a parody (see Day 286-William Shakespeare's Long Lost Play ) Pride and Prejudice  by Kate Hamill gives you some dramatic moments and a lot wacky humor. This is an enjoyable -“Dramatic Parody” if you can be open enough to accept  this  type of adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel and have fun with it!

* Photos by Michael Henninger

(Pride and Prejudice runs from September 27 through October 28, 2018 at the O'Rielly Theater . For tickets go to ppt.org).

Spiritual Source
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble" James 4;6
      
 Other Sources


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Day 300- International Festival of First- Cirque Eloize:Hotel -All Just Passing Through






Cirque Eloize:Hotel  made its world premier in Pittsburgh and kicked off the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Since 1993, the Canadian company, Cirque Eloizehas preformed  a modern circus  that merges  live music, acrobatics and dance. I have never been a big fan of traditional circuses but   Cirque Eloise: Hotel is a contemporary circus and a theatrical creation using these art forms to tell a story of lives passing through this grand 1920’s  hotel. (see preview here)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Day 299 The Play that Goes Wrong- Broadway in Pittsburgh - Classic Physical Comedy- Combustion of Set and of Laughter




The Play That Goes Wrong  is a Tony Award winning Broadway comedy about  the Cornley University Drama Society’s attempt to put on a 1920’s murder mystery production when obviously- everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.   As a lover of the theater and a former high school and college actor/thespian, I know firsthand the trials encountered during show production. In The Play that Goes Wrong, everything on  the set seems to combust and so does the audience with laughter in this classic physical comedy.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Day 298 Men are From Mars Women are From Venus Live!- Girls Night or Date Night -A Night full of Laughs




 In the 90’s I laughed my way through  John Gray’s New York Times # 1 Best selling book, Men are from Mars- Women Are from Venus. This book brilliantly characterized the male vs female perspective on dating, marriage, and intimacy. It was a hysterical read because it all seemed  “so true”. This one man part theatrical and part stand-up Off- Broadway show is based on the book. It is the perfect  lighthearted date night or girls night out.  It’s even a night full of laughs for the guy who is dragged to the show!
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

September Preview of Events

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus Live!-  September 6th- October 14, 2018- CLO Cabaret-Greer Cabaret Theater





In the 90’s I laughed my way through the New York Times # 1 Best selling book, Men are from Mars- Women Are from Venus. This book  brilliantly characterized the male vs female perspective on dating, marriage, and intimacy . It was a hysterical read because it all seemed  “so true” I can’t wait to see this  Off- Broadway one man theatrical/stand-up show based on the book.

Join me with the girls or with your man from September 6-October 14, 2018, for what should be a hysterical evening at the Greer Cabaret Theater. For tickets go  Pittsburghclo.org.


Blog Post to here

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Day 297-Aladdin-PNC Broadway Pittsburgh-A Fun Colorful Magic Carpet Ride






One of my blog inspiration books, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a (Disney) Little Golden Book  reminds us that, "All you need is a little magic in your life!". Disney's Aladdin  which kicks off the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series brings magic to the stage with a  jazzy musical score, an explosion of color, energetic dance and a genie that takes us all on a fun magic carpet ride.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Day 296 Party at the Pier-Celebration of Pittsburgh Riverfronts- Benefit for Riverlife-"Riviera Dolce"




Pittsburgh, a city that boarders three rivers (the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio) was recently ranked the 2nd most livable city in the United States. Riverlife is a non profit organization that  facilitates the enjoyment of these rivers by helping to make them "cleaner, safe, and more fun". This blog encourages the exploration of  new experiences in  Pittsburgh and Riverlife  makes this city more enjoyable and livable by promoting  projects that enhance  one of our best assets, our rivers. This organization defiantly gets my support!

Party at the Pier is an  annual  event where 100% of the proceeds support Riverlife. This year, The Rivers Casino's ballroom was transformed into a little part of  Italy’s Amafi Coast  for "Riviera Dolce", in celebration of Pittsburgh's riverfronts. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Day 296 Try a Day at Kennywood Park-Rides- Memories-A “Super-cali -fragi-listic” Day



At an amusement park you hear the crackling and rumbling roar of roller coasters, piped organ music of the Merry-go- round and a prevalent  hum of screams and laughter.  One of my blog inspiration books, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a (Disney) Little Golden Book reminds us that life can be a “super-cali-fragi-listic new day !”.  That is just what you can get at an amusement park that screams of fun or fear- depending on your age and the ride- but fear is part of the fun! Kennywood Park with 6 coasters and more, not only gives you  a riding thrill but also a nostalgic stroll as it elicits memories for many Pittsburghers from their childhood, teen years, and times with their children.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Day 295-Visit the Zoo-Summer Safari (food music cocktails)-A Magical Party in the Wild


One of my blog inspiration books, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a (Disney) Little Golden Book, reminds us that the “world is full of magical places”.  When my son was a toddler the  Pittsburgh Zoo was a  magical place where we  could have a weekly  encounter with elephants, lions, bears, and turtles (these were my son’s favorite animals ). A zoo visit educates, entertains, and reminds us that we share this word with many other unique species.

Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to explore the animal kingdom as we once did when our children become adults and leave the family nest.  The Pittsburgh Zoo’s annual benefit event, Summer Safari, is an adult party that brings you back to experiencing the magic of  a lion’s roar, wobble of the penguins, and the vibrant shades of blues, yellows and pinks of the ocean world.  You can do all this while you hold a cocktail, sample delicious dishes from over 28 business, and listen to  live entertainment! 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Day 294 Pittsburgh CLO -Thoroughly Modern Millie-Jazzy Tapping and Vaudeville Laughing




  Thoroughly Modern Millie  transports  you to  the NYC jazz age of the 1920’s where skirts were shorter, hair was bobbed, flappers were dancing  the Charleston, and  everyone was living it up during prohibition. This musical has a  nostalgic vibe with wonderfully choreographed  jazzy tap numbers and  a vaudeville comedy thread. Although the overall story is a bit simple, it's a feel good musical with a fantastic cast that will have you laughing and enjoying  the energetic  rhythms of high speed stepping.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Day 293 Wine & Art Crawl- Explore A Childhood Local Area-Revitalized Bellevue Borough: A Mixture of Old and New



Pittsburgh is unique with its cluster of boroughs surrounding the city, many of which have transformed into hubs for new businesses giving these areas a stronger pulse. I grew up near a little town called Bellevue which is just 5 miles north of Pittsburgh.  I have not explored my childhood neighborhood in over 10 years.  Bellevue recently hosted  an annual  Wine and Art Crawlclosing  the main street, Lincoln Ave, for wine tasting, food, music and art.  I discovered a main street that was revitalized  with new businesses but also one that retained the historical establishments  of my past, resulting in a blended charm.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Day 292 Underwater Adventure-Dive and Snorkel --Lauderdale- By- the -Sea



I am more of a land dweller enjoying the ocean from my comfy chair on the beach.  The mystery of the underwater ocean world with its’ burst of color from the variety of fish and coral carries some intrigue.    My intrigue however, has only led me to stand safely on the ground peering into an aquarium. During my recent venture to the quaint area of  Lauderdale- by- the -Sea  (see Days - 289, 290),  I thought that it was time to “dive in” to an underwater adventure of this area’s off coast  coral  reefs  and a nearby ship wreck (SS Copenhagen) .

Friday, July 20, 2018

Day 291- Pittsburgh CLO Brigadoon- A Classic Musical with A Ballet/Opera Flair - Find Love, Find Paradise



Brigadoon is a classic musical about two American gentlemen on vacation in Scotland who discover a mythical Scottish village that appears only for a day every 100 years!  During their exploration, Tommy finds love but love in this mysterious world has a price. I remember watching the movie Briagdoon as a child  and being mesmerized by Gene Kelly’s dancing and the dreamlike scenes of  the Scottish Highlands.  This CLO production should be an adventurous tale of dance and song about finding love and finding paradise. 



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Day 290 A Florida Off Season Summer Excursion-Lauderdale by the Sea (LBTS)/Perfect Mature Playground



You would think that a southern Florida vacation would be unbearable making you feel like a dripping candle in the sun.  My recent  discovery  of  a quaint area to relax, Lauderdale by the Sea, and a  boutique hotel located  on the beach, The Plunge Beach Hotel, changed my perspective. LBTS, just 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, is a perfect mature playground where you can relax, eat well, and  snorkel or dive on it’s off  shore coral reefs  and a  nearby ship wreck (SS Copenhagen). The town square invites you to rest in a rainbow colored Adirondack chair and is lined with charming restaurants that do not disappoint the taste buds. Everything in this playground is within walking distance in a 2.5 mile stretch! 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 289-Lauderdale by the Sea at the Plunge Beach Hotel- Gems to “Plunge” into a Beach Getaway



As the summer commences there is nothing better than a quick  beach  getaway that does not break your  piggy bank.  From Pittsburgh there are reasonable and sometimes down right cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale.  When I think of Fort Lauderdale, I have flashbacks of my college crazy spring break days but  I recently discovered a quaint area to relax, Lauderdale by the Sea, just 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and a great boutique hotel located  on the beach, The Plunge Beach Hotel. This is a great combo that lets you  literally “Plunge” into it all!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Day 288 Immersive Encounter-The Clearing-Stay Curious-Bricolage Theater




In this quest for new things I came across Bricolage Theater which is synonymous with adventures theater (see Days 256- Midnight Radio and 279- WordPlay). The Clearing is a personal immersive theater experience where you are part of the story. My Blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book" recommends that we “Stay Curious” so I was ready to explore my first  immersive encounter (IE)  and venture into The Clearing!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Day 287 -On Your Feet, Musical- Dance in Your Seat-Pittsburgh CLO -Benadum Theater


As an 80’s girl, I loved dancing to the beat of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. That Cuban rhythm just makes you want to move! The musical, On Your Feet  tells how this pair overcame adversity to land “on their feet” in the music business.  This show will have you either on your feet or like me, dancing in your seat but it  also wonderfully celebrates Cuban Americans.

Day 286-William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)- Fancifully Hilarious Ride through Shakespeare –PPT-O’Reilly Theater



I  must  admit that I subscribe to the group that is not “Shakespeare savvy”.  During my school days, I used the  CliffNotes  to get through my required Shakespeare readings. I  enjoy  a good comedy  so I was willing to try The Reduced Shakespeare Company's comic  parody of  Shakespeare’s most famous characters and speeches in William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged). I was  intrigued to see how this three man show would mash-up  the tales and cover over 70 characters of this notable writer in 2 hours! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

June/July Preview

Summer Safari: Live Wild at the  Pittsburgh Zoo-July 27, 2018


Enjoying the lions, elephants and giraffes  and more of the African Savanna, marine life of PPG Aquarium and the Water’s Edge with cocktails, food and music, sounds like a perfect evening adventure. Summer Safari is an adult exploration of  wild life from around the world and a great way to "play" and support the zoo.  

Grab some safari attire and join me on Friday, July 27, 2018  from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm  or at 6:00 pm with a  VIP ticket, at  Summer Safari. For tickets go to     http://www.pittsburghzoo.org/Event-Summer-Safari.

Blog Post to follow

The Art of the Brick-Lego Art Exhibition (Nathan Sawaya)-

Carnegie Science Center-June 22- January 7, 2019




Lego’s are not just for kids anymore. Artist Nathan Sawaya’s medium is the common building blocks known as Legos. He turns them into amazing works of artistic expression and encourages all to create in this exhibit.

Join me at the Carnegie Science Center from June 21-Aug 30, 2018 and enjoy the world’s largest  Lego art exhibition. For tickets go to carnegiesciencecenter.org.


Blog Post to follow

Florida bound/Lauderdale by the Sea/Underwater Experiences 

 



Why not try a summer Florida vacation? The off season offers less crowds and better hotel prices.

 I recently discovered a quaint area to relax, Lauderdale by the Sea, just 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and a great boutique hotel located  on the beach, The Plunge Beach Hotel. I decided to go back to explore and try snorkeling and diving because this  area  boasts of a great off shore coral reef about ¾ miles from the beach and a nearby SS Copenhagen ship  wreck which is located in only 15-30 feet of water. 

Join me in trying a summer Florida excursion with  new underwater experiences at Lauderdale by the Sea.


Blog Post on area  Day 289 here
Blog Post Day 290 here 

Brigadoon Pittsburgh CLO- July 17-22, 2018-Benedum



Brigadoon is a classic musical about two American gentleman on vacation in Scotland who discover a mythical Scottish village that appears only for a day every 100 years!  During their exploration they find love but love in this mysterious world has a price. I remember watching the movie Briagdoon as a child  and being mesmerized by Gene Kelly’s dancing and the dreamlike scenes in this world.
Join me in visiting this mysterious Scottish village from July 17-22 ,2018 at the Benedum Center. For tickets go to pittsburghclo.org.

Blog Post here

Bellevue Wine and Art Crawl and Art Days- Explore a Local 

Area- July 19 and  July 20, 2018


Volant Winery featured this year 



I grew up near  the bough of  Bellevue, just 6 miles north of  Pittsburgh. Like many Pittsburgh  neighborhoods, it’s buzzing with new restaurants and stores. On July 19th the town is hosting a Wine/Art Crawl  where you can enjoy wines from Volant Winery as you  stroll 24 locations  along the main street of Bellevue.  The Hermann Museum (318 Lincoln Ave) is your first stop to pick up your passport to explore local artwork, enjoy fine wine, and music provided by DJ Mark. Several food trucks will also be on site and many of the restaurants will remain open.


Join me to explore the revitalization of a local are and enjoy fine wine, dancing and art at the Wine and Art Crawl  from 6 pm to 9 pm on July 19th  and  Art Days on July 20, 2019. Tickets for the Wine/Art Crawl  are 25$ in advance 30$ at the door.  For more information  go to http://northsuburbancoc.org/ .

Blog Post to here


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Day 285-Perfect Wedding -Finding Love in Confusion-CLO Cabaret


On the day that many were  glued to the TV to watch the royal “perfect  wedding” between  Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, I ventured to a hilarious “not so perfect wedding” at the CLO Cabaret  In  Perfect Wedding  the groom wakes up next to a stranger on the day of his nuptials and he has no idea who she is!  A Perfect Wedding is a romantic comedy where whatever could go wrong does go wrong but it spite of it all, everyone finds love.              

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Day 284 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella-Partners in Love and Life-Heinz Hall



Everyone knows the Cinderella fairy-tale story where the prince rescues the mistreated girl and she lives happily ever after.This  Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of Cinderella  not only has  humor, amazing music, and an  extravagant set, but also an  independent updated Cinderella.  This version  beautifully  celebrates equal partnership in love and life. It is the perfect treat in this month of  the real fairy-tale wedding of England’s Prince Harry and Megan Markle which broke some traditions and is a real life royal partnership love story. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Day 283 Storm Large & the Pittsburgh Symphony POPS-Love, Lust and Rock ‘n’ Roll-Wild Ride Honoring Love



The Pittsburgh Symphony POPS merges  the symphony with the diverse talents of  other artists giving us symphonic music “with a twist”.   Last weekend,  Storm Large, a 2006 finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova , brought her wild spirit to the show Love Lust and Rock n' Roll.   Her passion and sultry show was a fantastic wild ride honoring  love!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Day 282 Resonance Works-Opera-Dvorak's Rusalka-Charity Randall Theater- Innate Nature



 Rusalka is an opera based on  Slavic mythology which is similar to the Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. It's a love story of  a water nymph who falls for a prince and decides to transform into a human in order to  experience love in the human world but she can not change her innate nature.   I was excited to experience this transformation and the  Resonance Works production of this Czech opera  in the intimate setting of the Charity Randall Theater.   

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Day 281-Pittsburgh Ballet West Side Story Suite+Fancy Free+In the Night-Hybrid of the Arts




For the last show of the 2017-18 ballet season, the Pittsburgh Ballet premiers three dances in celebration of the  100th  birthday of collaborators Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Suite, Fancy Free and In The Night.   In West Side Story Suite, the Pittsburgh Ballet combines classic dance with the iconic music of  the musical West Side Story. I was excited to  see  these premier dances and  experience “a little rumbling”  with some singing in  West Side Story Suite. This was an interesting hybrid of the arts!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May Preview of Events

Cinderella-May 22-27, 2018 at Heinz Hall              




Dreams really do come true in the  tale of Cinderella. The Broadway musical, Cinderella , is a  perfect treat in the month of  the real royal wedding of England’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This Rodgers and Hammerstein version with some humor, amazing music, and an  extravagant set  is sure to be a fairy tale evening.

Join me for a night where dreams come true in Cinderella  at the Heinz Hall on May 22-27, 2018. For tickets go to TrustArts.org.

Blog Post here 

 A Perfect Wedding- May 10-August 12, 2018 -CLO Cabaret Theater 


A Perfect Wedding  should be the “perfect” romantic comedy  as wedding season approaches. (I am going to 2 weddings in June). The day of the  nuptials the groom wakes up next to a stranger and has no idea who she is.  This sounds a little like the move The Hangover that had me in tears laughing.

Join me for a Perfect Wedding at the Cabaret at Theater Square from May 10-August 12, 2018 and see how the groom gets out of this one. For tickets go to TrustArts.org.

Blog Post to follow 


Storm Large with The Pittsburgh Symphony POP- May 11-13, 2018-Heinz Hall

  
Storm Large, a 2006 finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova , will bring her  wild spirit to the show Love Lust and Rock n' Roll  with the Pittsburgh Symphony POPS. I love how the symphony brings a variety of artist and conductors to entertain. Under the direction of Michael Krajewski, this should be an interesting  rock 'n' roll spin on her tribute  love!

Join me at Heinz Hall on May 11-13, 2018 for a passionate and sultry Storm Large with the Pittsburgh Symphony for a little Love, Lust and Rock n' Roll. For tickets go to https://pittsburghsymphony.org.

Blog Post to here

Resonance Works Opera- Dvořák’s Rusalka May 11 and May 13, 2018-Charity Randall Theater


I have never seen a production of Resonance Works. Rusalka is an opera based on  Slavic mythology which is similar to the Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid . It's a love story of a mermaid that falls for a prince and must decide to give up her voice and immortality to become human.

Join me for this love story  at   Charity Randall Theater, 4301 Forbes, Ave on May 11 and May 13, 2018. For tickets go to http://www.resonanceworks.org.

Blog Post to here 

Decades Rewind-Music of 60's 70's and 80's-May 5, 2018-Byham 


Decades Rewind is a musical  party of sound and visuals of the  60’s, 70’s and 80’s (see Day 189).
When you’re a child of these decades you know all the hit songs and when you hear the music, you sing the words, you add a little dancing, and then bingo-you’re in your own special flashback memory. I saw this show last year and it was  non-stop fun! 

Join me for a musical celebration  of three decades  in Decades Rewind on May 5, 2016 at the Byham Theater. For tickets go TrustArts.org.

Blog Post here

 West Side Story Suit+ Fancy Free+ In The Night with PBT Orchestra May 4-6, 2018-Benedum



For the last show of the 2017-18 ballet season, the Pittsburgh Ballet premiers three dances in celebration of the  100th  birthday of collaborators Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, Fancy Free and In The Night.  

West Side Story is one of my favorite musicals. The Pittsburgh Ballet combines classic dance with the iconic music of this musical and the dancers even sing!

Join me for  Pittsburgh Ballet 's three premiers and  experience a ballet with some singing on May 4-6, 2018 at the Benedum Theater.  For tickets go to https://www.pbt.org/.

Blog Post here


Monday, April 30, 2018

Day 280 WordPlay-Storytelling With a Musical Spin-An Intimate Experience




The Bricolage Theater  is synonymous  with “adventurous theater”.  It  is a forum were art can be  pushed to new limits.   In the show WordPlay, actors, writers, and just ordinary people, tell their own stories with the injection of music.  This is grown- up storytelling with literally a spin as a  DJ spins real-time soundtracks during the dialogue. I recently saw this show which was an entertaining yet intimate experience as strangers shared their lives.   


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Day 279- Potted Potter-A (Harry Potter) Whimsical Parody



I always loved reading the Harry Potter books with my son but I must admit that I have not read all 7 books.  These books are not just for kids. We all know someone who ran out at midnight to get the  first edition of each book in the series that takes readers to the   magical world at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Potted Potter is a whimsical parody that covers all 7 books in 70 minutes!  I was excited to experience this condensed comedy on the adventures in these beloved books.   

Reflection

There seemed to be more adults than kids in the audience. This show appealed to both the young and mature as the comedy was layered. The first  layer was for the kids and then they kicked in something for the adults. It was like the Disney movie Shrek, where some of the donkey’s “side lines” were more for the adults.