re: Here We Are - Wonderful yet, oddly, anachronistic
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 04:43 pm EST 11/27/23
In reply to: Here We Are - Wonderful yet, oddly, anachronistic - Zelgo 08:48 am EST 11/27/23

I saw Here We Are on Fri. evening, 11/17 and enjoyed it as much as you did. I think it was an inspired decision on the part of Ives and Sondheim to have the story and characters of Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie make up the first act of their musical, and then have those same characters inhabit the situation from Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel in act two.

Bunuel's 1972 film Charm/Bourgeosie has a fanciful, comedic, and dreamlike tone in addition to being absurd and surreal. However, his 1962 Exterminating Angel is very dark and disturbing, even savage at times. Ives and Sondheim, on the other hand, make both parts of Here We Are quite funny and ultimately optimistic IMO.
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