re: The Sheer Beauty and Greatness of Here We Are
Last Edit: lordofspeech 12:19 pm EST 11/25/23
Posted by: lordofspeech 12:14 pm EST 11/25/23
In reply to: The Sheer Beauty and Greatness of Here We Are - peter3053 01:08 am EST 11/24/23

I agree that the show is very special. Primarily because it is the “event” of a work by a beloved composer who has passed away. What a miracle. And, then, there is the venue, which is so bright and shining.
I think Sondheim (and Harold Prince and George Furth) were attracted to critiques of the upper class. So that’s not new. I would have hoped that Ives (or Sondheim, whoever was running this show) would have gone farther, perhaps truly examining what the undercurrents of revolution and the offstage violence are about. But that’s my bent.

The tone of this piece is to regard the potential dissolution of this empire fancifully and at a satirical remove (perhaps from Bunuel). And that’s okay.
I wish too that there had been a moment or two that horrified us or brought us to tears. Perhaps Lapine would have steered us in that direction. Maybe a drastic, final, Feste-like song from Denis O’Hare to scald or indict us. But no.

Still, the brilliant director makes everything scintillating. And the actor-singers are all terrific. And the sets!!!! Wow.
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