It also could mean just pretending for a moment that the world outside wasn’t a powder keg about to blow; that squeezing out of Castro’s grasp was only the beginning of the struggle; that one day, their neighborhood would no longer be their neighborhood.
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In fact, set, costumes, lighting, even the acting…all feel a bit muted or subdued. That’s different from Normal productions past, which strove to show the highest highs and lowest lows of bipolar disorder. This vision is more disquieting. More subtle. More stark.
By PatrickO’Brien West Side Story may have never truly left the American zeitgeist — just start humming “Maria,” or start snapping your fingers in time and people will know what you’re on about. But just wait, buddy boy, because it’s poised to make a big comeback in 2020, with both the Steven Spielberg-directed, Tony Kushner-adapted,
Where other productions of Chicago have been the seductive, luxuriously laid back, in-the-pocket-delivery affair with a cigarette afterwards, this is a high-octane romp that tears the sheets and leaves you panting afterwards.
It’s in the elegant spareness that August Rush soars, when the storytelling is as as elemental as two people making their own music, literal and metaphorical, best exemplified in the simplest scenes, especially when the orphan Evan (Jack McCarthy on press night) is left to his musical reverie.