Monday, March 9, 2020

Weekly Margin 2020, W10: Dracula, The Inheritance, Part One, Six, Anatomy of a Suicide

3/03/20: Dracula
What: Classic Stage Company presents Kate Hamill's new feminist take on Bram Stoker's novel.
And? Really pretty great take on the story, with a stellar cast, especially Jessica Frances Dukes as Van Helsing, Kelley Curran as Mina, Matthew Saldivar as Seward, and playwright Hamill as Renfield. Loved the costume design by Robert Perdziola, mixed feeling about the sound design by Leon Rothenberg (occasional moments of wtf-ery, but other moments, particularly transitions, which worked very well).

Kelley Curran, Jamie Ann Romero, and Jessica Frances Duke as Mina Harker,
Lucy Westenra, and Doctor Van Helsing. Photo by James Leynse.

3/05/20: The Inheritance, Part One
a repeat visit before the production ends

3/06/20: Six
What: A rock concert of six women who happened to have married Henry VIII.
And? I effing loved it. Great songs, great performers, kinetic staging. An absolute delight.

Abby Mueller, Samantha Pauly, Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet,
Brittney Mack, and Anna Uzele as Jane Seymour, Katherine Howard,
Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Anna of Cleves, and Catherine Parr.
Photo by Liz Lauren.

3/08/20: Anatomy of a Suicide
What: Atlantic Theater presents Alice Birch's play about three generations of women in a family with a history of suicide.
And? Not a production for anyone who suffers from any degree of auditory processing disorder. The three overlapping narratives overlap audibly to such a degree that I was having real anxiety trying to track scenes, and at some points had to stop trying to listen to any at all. To be clear: I have no problem with dialogue built of interruptions; but if there are simultaneous lines of dialogue, and I'm meant to catch both lines at once? I quite simply can't do it. This show was an interesting idea and a good cast, but the execution was very much not something that I personally could handle.

Jason Babinsky, Miriam Silverman, Richard Topol, Celeste Arias, and
Gabby Beans. Photo by Ahron R. Foster.

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