It’s worth noting that three months into my life as a New Yorker, I have absolutely enjoyed off-Broadway significantly more than Broadway, plays more than musicals, and shows with lower budgets and cheap-o production values over those with spangles and follow-spots.
What’s happening to me?
As if there’s any doubt about how out of touch Isherwood is…
I mean, I don’t love The Last Five Years, but I got angry reading his dismissive review.
Sometimes when I see a show, I find myself redirecting it in my head. This was the case with today’s trip to the SpeakEasy Stage Company to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. When they got to the line about “sometimes you want to shoot the storyteller in the head,” I leaned over to my friend Rachel and said, “sometimes you want to shoot the director in the head.”
How do you do this show and not have it be loud? Not have it be sexy? How do you do it with a lead actor who’s commenting on the character instead of playing him?
This was one of two shows (along with ART’s Pippin) I was most looking forward to in Boston’s theater season, and I am so disappointed.
I think the piece itself has some problems, largely due to under-writing (and confusion due to too many conflicting framing devices), but I really can’t judge it based on this production.
From 2004 to 2006 I was the Boston-area theater critic for TalkinBroadway.com. They list their review archives by show title rather than by date, so it’s hard for me to direct people to my archives should they want to look, so I thought it would be useful (if only to me) to create a list of links here.