AH This "silly gory musical" is a masterpiece. Get informed. And get another job. You are not qualified.
rich bachelor, when you say something back it up, OK? The show has some "cringe worthy moments". So what are they? And the problem is not that someone dislikes something I like, but that they have the background to appreciate it or evaluate it before they write about it. This show undeniably is a crowd pleaser. Don't think the audience when I saw the show noticed any cringe worthy moments. Some people just aren't satisfied unless they can demonstrate how superior they are by cutting something down.
Critics such as Alison seem to have a need to be, well, critical. When an excellent show such as this is a crowd pleaser, poor Alison cannot bring herself to tell it like it is. No, she must find something to be critical about. After all that is how she makes a living. But she, again, is off base. I was in college when Janis was popular, but she was not an artist I paid much attention to other than listening to her sounds when they presented themselfs on the radio or tv. So not being a fan I was leary about this production. Well, I,as well as the rest of the audience judging from their reactions, were enthralled by this experience. I left learning more about Janis'music and was impressed by the actress/singer who emulated a variety of Janis's influences. Make no mistake. This is a production Portland should be proud of. And why some critics have a hard time acknowledging this says more about their expertise than this production.
Ms. Hallet's review is on the money, in my humble opinion. This production is long and dated. William Hurt's performance is the least compelling. He delivers his lines like an actor trying to act, not like a real life person would. Most of the time he doesn't even look at this fellow actors, squinting or looking over them. If this is his choice of technique to emphasize the father's non communication, it doesn't work and is more theatrical than natural. In the end, I found myself watching a play that really left me cold and not emotionally involved. I pitied the characters and wanted to leave recommendations for a good family therapist on the stage as I left. The set design doesn't help. It, as well, is dark and theatrical. Abstract in design, it reminds you you are watching a theatrical production. Instead of being invited into the home and lives of these characters you are invited to watch them as perhaps you would observe creatures in a laboratory. In the end, if you can be absorbed watching a dysfunctional family for over three hours, this play is for you.
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