A Weekend of Theatre
Saturday, May 18, 2013
We love the theatre and are privileged to live not too far from the site of a world-class Shakespearean festival that happens to offer more than just plays of the Elizabethan era.
The new season has just begun -- most works have not yet had their official opening -- and we have enjoyed three offerings this week.
First we saw 'Fiddler on the Roof', which was beautiful and moving, a true and timeless classic (unlike many musicals which are a product of the era in which they were produced, and thus exist as pieces of musical and cultural history as well as of entertainment).
Next we saw 'Tommy', which was a marvel of modern theatre technology. Beautiful costumes, engaging music, and interesting storytelling techniques. But not a great story, really. A collection of songs may make a great album, but those songs do not necessarily come together to make a great piece of musical theatre.
Then, finally, a Shakespearean problem play, 'Measure for Measure'. Not one that is often performed, because it is so dark, and centres around difficult subject matter. But I always like to see the less popular plays when they appear, because they tend to be more interesting than the usual fare.
Oh well. It's been fun writing about something other than eating, exercising, and weight. I'm sure I'll get back to it soon enough, though.