January 29, 2012
I saw two great shows
this month: Silence! The Musical at PS122
and Anne Bogart's SITI Company's sureal Bob.
Silence! The Musical
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 PM
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM
Sunday at 5 PM
Through March 1, 2012
Performance Space 122
Silence! The Musical has joined Urinetown
and Matt & Ben in the ranks of stellar
shows that have originated at
The New York Fringe Festival.
Silence! The Musical
is an unauthorized parody of the cult classic film,
The Silence of the Lambs. If you have never
The Silence of the Lambs (starring
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins), you need to spend
more time with Netflix
so you will know what people mean when they reference
chianti and flava beans.
Silence! The Musical is a kitschy, campy,
filthy adaptation of the film. The cast is amazing:
kudos go out to David Garrison's performance ad
Hannibal Lector and Jenn Harris's depiction of Agent
Starling (the roles played by Anthony Hopkins and
Jodie Foster in the film).
Garrison and Harris have great chemistry, both
with each other and the rest of the cast, all of
whom have great comic timing. One of the main reasons
the show is so much fun is because the actors are
obviously having a blast on stage. They embrace
the insanity and simply "go for it."
Put his one down for a fun night with friends.
(They sell wine by the bottle in the lobby.)
The original cast recording of Silence! The
Musical has been released by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight
Records online at iTunes, Amazon.com for digital
download, and is available at
www.sh-k-boom.com. Finally, musical comedy fans
outside of New York are now able to enjoy the critically
acclaimed score, including such song selections
as “If I Could Smell Her C---” and “Put
the F--king Lotion in the Basket.”
Silence! The Musical
runs through March 1, 2011 at PS122. Tickets
are $25 - $79 and are available by calling 212-352-3101
or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.
122 | 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.)
Anne Bogart and SITI Company
Jan 19 - 21, 24 - 28 @ 7:30 pm
Jan 22, 28, 29 @ 2:30 pm
January 19-29, 2012
New York Live Arts
Robert Wilson is a larger than
life talent, known for his productions of huge theatrical
spectacles. I had the privilege of interviewing
Robert Wilson in 2006 at the time of the release
of the documentary about his life, Katharina Otto-Bernstein's
Wilson. Then, when speaking about how he
designs his productions, Wilson said, "I start
with silence. An actor stands on the stage. You
move your hand - will that hold and audience? A
good actor is like a bear, he will never strike
first; he will wait you out."
Wilson see the entirety of the
stage and has started productions with the actor
moving from lower stage left to upper stage right,
walking on a diagonal away from the audience. His
work is surreal, filled with strangeness and wonder.
(Quote from my review of Absolute Wilson)
"Wilson's lens on the world is from another
dimension of time and space. He sees vivid colors,
huge spaces filled with nothing, eloquence in silence
and power in stillness."
The Martha Graham Dance Company
Snow on the Mesa last year and viewing
the productions was like viewing a diorama created
Anne Bogart's Siti Company's production
of Bob, was staged in the whimsical world
of Wilson. Here is a quote from their press release,
"The 90-minute play is conceived and directed
by Bogart, created and performed by Will Bond (a
founding company member of SITI who has worked with
Wilson), and based on hundreds of interviews Bogart
collected and recorded over several decades, which
were then adapted to the stage by Irish writer and
dramaturg, Jocelyn Clarke."
Will Bond is a delightful actor who can simply by
standing on a stage define "witty." The
audience was filled with Wilson lovers who "got"
all the insider bits and pieces from Wilson's life:
his desire to not be an expat, his popularity in
Europe, his relationship with The Met, how every
performer actually has a back - the space behind.
Bond took the audience on a trip through Wilson's
head and it was a world well worth visiting.
TICKETS: $15 Previews (Jan 19 & 20) Through
January 29, 2012
$40 Reg Price at door/ $32 in advance online
Call (212) 924-0077, or online at www.newyorklivearts.org
New York Live Arts | 219
West 19th Street, NYC
(btw. 7th and 8th Avenues)
December 5, 2011
In the last two weeks
I have had the privilege to see two oldies-but-goodies
- A Tuna Christmas and Godspell.
in Austin, Texas I saw A Tuna Christmas.
New Yorkers won't be able to see the show anytime
soon, the next stop for the Tuna Tour will
be Galveston, Texas. But the Tuna boys
have been to the big city before and I guarantee
you, they shall return.
The Tuna shows are written by Jaston Williams,
Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. They are performed by
Williams and Sears under the direction of Howard.
Williams and Sears play around twenty bizarre characters,
the residents of the mythical Tuna, Texas - the
third smallest town in the state. Male, female,
young, old, fat or tall - they play them all.
If you ever get a chance to see any of the shows
- Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas,
Red White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas
- drop everything and run to the show. And those
boys are as blisteringly funny today as they were
the first time I saw a Tuna show. And if
I told you how long ago that was, I would have to
kill you because you would then know my expiration
date. Williams and Sears are living breathing Ever
Then on to Godspell. Godspell
has been around for a long time; it opened on Broadway
in 1971 and there have been hundreds of regional
and community productions. It would be hard to not
be familiar with the music, which is quite wonderful.
This music is sprinkled through the spoken words
of the show - the "acted out" parables
of Jesus Christ.
So how does the Circle in the Square theater revival
measure up? It is quite good but even with the superb
energy of the cast, it seemed dated to this reviewer.
But that is only how it seemed to me because by
now I have so many musical memories of the show,
it would be hard for any production to compete with
the musical-in-my-mind. I had a similar problem
with the revival of Hair - another show
that I had seen many times in the past.
But thank goodness, jaded old theater lovers like
me are not the entire possible audience. So if you
have never seen the show, listened to the sound
track hundreds of times etc. etc, you should run
to the Circle inthe Square. The show is very well
done and the actors are simply amazing - wonderful
voices and timing.
Godspell runs Tuesday
- Saturday nights at 8PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees
at 2:30 and Sunday night at 7:30. Ticket Price:
$125.00; $135.00 Saturdays Tickets by Phone: 212-239-6200
Circle in the Square Theatre
| W. 50th St. Between Broadway and 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019