Friday, June 8, 2018

Bent

I saw Bent at the Beck Center this past Sunday.  It so affected me, I was not able to bring myself to write about it until now.   The play is from the 70s, and is about a gay man during World War 2.  He is captured by the Nazis and sent on a train to a concentration camp.   I cried at intermission.  I cried afterwards.  I felt really horrible for several days after viewing the show.   Death and horror.   It also coincided with Pride.  It's sad that the subject matter is relevant again.   It's a good play, but very difficult. 

I am including a link to the Wikipedia article with the whole plot.  I don't usually spoil shows in my write ups, but you need to steel yourself before seeing this one.  Bring tissues.  And have something cheerful planned for afterwards to soothe your aching heart.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Alice

Yesterday, I got to see the Cleveland Ballet's commissioned show, Alice.  This was truly a delight!   Clever staging, excellent combination of live and recorded music, and the plot was easy to follow.   I loved everything about it, but particularly liked the Tweedles, the Cheshire Cat, and the Caterpillar.  Also, the climax using the cards and Offenbach's Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld. 

This was the end of their third season.   I wish I had known about them sooner.   Can't wait to see what's next.

The Royale

I went to see the Royale last Saturday performed by Cleveland Playhouse.   It is a historical fiction about boxing during the Jim Crow era.   Our protagonist is the black heavyweight champ and he wants to fight the white champ.  This is agreed to, but at a great financial cost which causes bodily fear and incidents in the black community.

The fighting was accomplished via dance moves, specifically krumping.   Timed claps, stomps, and inner monologue are able to produce an amazing fight.  Go see this.

Disney's Aladdin the Musical


Las Saturday, I got to see Disney's Aladdin musical on tour at Playhouse Square.   That was truly fun and I loved it more than the movie.    Abu is gone, and is replaced by Aladdin's 3 friends.  Iago is still there, but he's now a human.  The show was expanded by Alan Menkin originally for non-professional companies (high schools).   But it was so excellent that it was made part of the Disney stage family.
The magic carpet is an amazing illusion.  Also, the Genie steals the show.  4th wall breaking, pop culture referencing, and massively fun.   He's worth the price of the ticket.   Go see this show if you have the chance.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

On Sunday I saw the Cleveland Playhouse Production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.   I really enjoyed it a ton!   I left the theater with a sappy grin on my face.  I'd watch it again!   This production featured amazing choreography and the magnificent talents of Ali Stroker.  She was the first Broadway actress to perform on Broadway in a wheelchair.   Her Olive is bright, and inquisitive.   You just have to admire her.  Go see this show!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Humans

Yesterday afternoon, we saw the play, The Humans at Playhouse Square.   It is about a family Thanksgiving post September 11.   It touches on the reality of the American dream and how things have changed since it emerged.  There is simultaneous conversations between the family members on the first and second levels of the apartment (one of the daughters' places).   It vaguely reminded me of observing characters in the Sims.   Each family member has a secret of his or her own too.   Dreams, anxiety, religion, and family are all touched upon.   I liked it more than I thought I would.   

Saturday, April 7, 2018

My First Time

Last Friday, I saw My First Time at the Beck Center.   It is a play with many many stories first time sexual experiences collected from the My First Time blog.   Gay, straight, consensual, and coercion, all are told in the stories by 4 actors, 2 male and 2 female.   It was funny and sometimes very touching.   They also had surveys on the seats.   Those are optional, but they use the answers to show stats on the audience.   It was neat.

This was a good play, but it doesn't follow set people.   Everything is in flux.