Monday, March 05, 2007
Theater: The Matchmaker
The Cygnet Theater did it again with another great production. This time the packed audience was laughing to Thorton Wilder's The Matchmaker. In this hilarious farce, everyone finds love and a little bit of adventure. "Pudding?"
Sandra Ellis-Troy may have stolen the show as Dolly -- the matchmaker. But Jason Conners and Rachael VanWormer are the cutest. Sean Actually, the entire cast was fabulous.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Opera: Samson and Delilah
My parents gave us their tickets to the opera last night. The Friday night performance starts at 8pm (with a 7pm pre-opera lecture.) Perhaps we didn't bling-bling it enough. But we were dressed up enough for the balcony...
From the SD Opera description:
International superstar Denyce Graves makes her dazzling San Diego Opera debut as the biblical seductress Delilah, joined by a magnificent Samson direct from the Metropolitan Opera – celebrated tenor Clifton Forbis.
They’ll sing you the Bible’s passionate story of the Philistine temptress who pits her wiles, and her sex, against the superhuman strength of the mighty Hebrew warrior. Shearing his hair, she steals his strength and triumphs in her battle – only to lose the war as he brings the pillars of her world crashing down upon them in the spectacular finale.
The music moves expressively from the sounds of romantic love to an erotic pagan bacchanal, painting a stunning picture of the ancient world. Add our superstar cast along with lavish sets & costumes and you have a taste of the exotic, the erotic and the primitive. An opera of biblical proportions.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
This weekend, we went to another Cygnet Theater play: Yellowman. An African-American woman dreams about a life beyond her Carolina town. The real story though is about the racial tension within this community. Some of the play is hard to watch because it is so forceful and haunting. If you ever needed a reason not to drink alcohol, this might be one way to find it.
An excellent two person performance. Go see it. And if you have any doubts, read the reviews at Curtainup.
One interesting note, I found the polay at Dramatists Play Services. This site lets you apply for rights to perform these plays. I guess they don't really mind you reading them outloud at home without a performance license.