It’s a gift to the audience that Wagner gets to sing so much of “In Questa Reggia” unaccompanied, allowing her own overtones to mix and ring throughout the hall.
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Sarah Bockel in this second national tour (through January 28) oozes talent in her vocals and acting, sharing the life and song of the venerable singer-songwriter.
Six magnificent, harmonizing singers and one superhuman beat boxer weave stories through multiple genres of a cappella styles and sound effects.
Thanks to superb direction by Courtney Crouse, Theo’s production expertly walks the line allowing achievement of all the piece’s comic elements while preserving a certain dignity and respect for people of faith.
The entire piece is begging for a sense of fun and contemporary flavor in the dialogue to give the viewer some way to relate to the world that is being created for them.