Amalgamation of Life, Director

I am well read, aren’t I?

  • Read and review one show

You aren’t going to get one review – you’re going to get two reviews! You get a review and you get a review! And that’s all I have, I’m not Oprah – I only have two plays read at this time.

Play On!

An musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. As soon as I figured out the plot I was immediately turned off. If I wanted to read a Shakespeare play, I would – in fact, it’s one of my favorite shows of his. But a musical adaption? I got it, I was impressed that they kept and maintained the rhythm of Shakespeare (something I think I imposed his rhythm onto the show but honestly, it got me through the script).

Read it yourself, this is not encouragement. Feel free to tell me that I am wrong – I don’t know if I gave it a fair-enough shake. This script was for Play reading committee and I have to look at the script from a different lens – it isn’t a personal choice and it doesn’t (I discovered) reflect of myself internally. I don’t feel the need to hide who I am, and even though I like that part of Twelfth Night – I only like that part because of who I was when I first read it: a scared, high school dork who had no friends and hid online. Times have changed.

I wonder if I re-read Billy, would I feel the same way I once had for his writings?

Farce of Habit

I don’t normally enjoy Southern based shows – the exception being The Dixie Swim Club – and I know it’s a personal bias. I am from the North East. Directly outside Philadelphia. So few people in my immediate area of community theatre can pull off a Southern twang that I read in the characters. Of course it’s too early to think casting and who knows who would audition for this show? I did find myself laughing heartily at the interactions of husband/wife and friends (?).

I liked this one enough that I envisioned what it would look like on my black box stage.  And I think that’s a high compliment of any show. Especially a first read. I’ll be re-reading this script and I eagerly await to accomplish this production.

Don’t disbelieve you can’t do something because you can do anything. Even read two scripts in one day (one day = 4 hours with two pumpkin beers). ‘Til next time.

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