A brief-ish trip report for 8 shows last week
Last Edit: Ann 11:55 am EST 11/09/22
Posted by: Ann 11:51 am EST 11/09/22

The big winner was the weather (yes, it was just as nice at home, but it was incredible for walking and enjoying a long fall New York visit).

Cost of Living: I was sorry I had missed this Off-Broadway, and I do think it would play better in a smaller theater (I usually think this for plays, and I even had a good seat). Ultimately, I found it to be an excellent, poignant study of (mostly) caregivers. Along the way, I had a little confusion that prevented me from being right there for every turn. I think it will play well in larger regional areas. The cast is great, in particular Katy Sullivan and Kara Young - wow!

Man of No Importance: I had never seen this musical and hadn't listen to the cast recording since it was released. I loved it overall. I think the staging at CSC works very well. Unfortunately, I found Jim Parson's performance to be not up to the level set by the rest of the cast. I admired the attempt, but his changing accent and lesser singing abilities were noticeable (to me), even though he was emotional there and a qualified "good" for me.

Only Gold - my performance was canceled, but I still hope to see it. And, hopefully, the start of more Thursday matinees. Tried to pickup a ticket for Phantom at TKTS (the Thursday matinee was the only time it was offered, I think), since all discounts have been pulled. But it didn't work out. So I saw the film Banshee of Inerishon, which is very McDonagh McDonagh - amputations and animals being his stock in trade.

I had left Thursday and Friday evening to be filled after I got to town, and had decided to get a ticket for Chester Bailey for Thursday, before I heard about Reed Birney's onstage incident. I should have had more faith in him, but I thought the Thursday night performance would either be canceled or he would be out, so I went outside my comfort zone and got a TDF ticket for KPOP. I was simply curious. And I had my curiosity quelled, so to speak, as I found the first act to be too full of production numbers (very well done as they are) and too lacking in plot (just a teeny amount, and it very predictable). Can't report on the second act, but for those who saw this at Ars Nova, I understand it's really a revamp from that story (confirmed by the NY Times, it's now "... a mockumentary about an upcoming American tour for a K-pop entertainment company’s roster — the boy band F8, the girl group RTMIS and the solo singer MwE.").

Got another TDF ticket for Friday's Some Like It Hot, which I've already posted about. The biggest successs is that both of my TDF seats were very good (second row mezz aisle seat for Hot), which has not been my history on Broadway.

Parade at City Center. I love this show in that way that makes you think "It's really difficult to understand how someone else can not like it." (even though I know some people don't like it). And it was even greater with the orchestra. The cast was terrific, though I loved Andrea Burns in the tour (all I'd seen, plus a regional and a school production) as Lucille and I was a little disappointed for that reason.

Leopoldstadt. As wonderful as everyone has said it is. Even with a little confusion about characters toward the beginning, everything eventually falls into place in this perfect staging. Story, cast, sets, lighting ... an exemplary production.

Straight Line Crazy. My first time in this Shed theatre (nothing special to see there, unless you like riding escalators). I really like this production. The story is the story - not a whole lot that's new, if you're aware of the history. But it is nice to see it played out by a committed cast. Afterward, I was sorry to read that Finnuala Connel was not a real person, as she is such a huge part of this play, though she is used as a good theatrical device. Compelling, though not revelatory.

A Raisin in the Sun. I've seen a few productions, the old film and the newer film and, at least based on my admittedly not perfect memory, this production at the Public is by far the most raw and broad (for maybe lack of a better word) one I've seen. More in your face. But it's a very good one, making points I don't remember seeing before, among the characters. And the cast is really good (Francois Battiste in particular, and Mandi Masden were my favorites). Still incredibly relevant, it packs a punch. Maybe the Public will bring back Clybourne Park next season.

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