JWG (jwg) wrote,

Some interesting theater

Arts Emerson is a relatively new organization that is putting on some very interesting theater these days.

On Tuesday night we went to the Shakespeare's Globe production of King Lear. It was done by eight actors playing multiple parts - and occasional musical instruments. The whole production was clever and pretty fascinating. The only drawback was that it was hard to hear the words, but even so it was thoroughly enjoyable. It would have been wiser to have read it again shortly before going to the play.

Then on Wednesday I night I went to the South African Isango Ensemble production of The Magic Flute. The orchestra was marimbas (8 of them), drums and occasional trumpet and trombone. The cast did both acting and instrument playing. At the finale, after the Queen of the Night exited she went to play one of the big marimbas. As in the Shakespeare it was often hard to hear the words. It was a very interesting mashup of two very different cultures. Mozart probably wouldn't have approved (nor would have rsc) and the instrumentation loses a lot of the beauty of the music. But all in all it was a very interesting evening.

I was thinking, now back to normalcy, but on Friday we are going to see Pilobolus.
Tags: opera, the arts, theatre

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