What a great review! It really shed some light on Rancho Linda Vista and its artists showing at The Drawing Studio.
It's perhaps niggling to pick on this mostly positive review, but I feel that in at least one way the reviewer doesn't "get" Brecht, and that leads her to say the Rogue's is a "very respectable production," instead of the truly rich and revealing production I think it is. Her primary complaint is the lack of storytelling momentum, but in fact it is Brecht who breaks up his play as he does, specifically so that the audience does not become engrossed in it. Brecht likes the audience to never lose themselves in the play, but to always be aware of themselves, alienated, consumers. By problematizing every aspect of the play, including Mother Courage's love for her children, the Rogue accentuates the audience's role as independent thinkers, critical of the play and its characters, and of the ideas presented. The audience could not possibly be that if they were too caught up in the story. So, while I applaud the Rogue for the lack of "storytelling momentum," the person I really applaud for this is Brecht himself, and I am surprised the reviewer does not understand this basic tenet of Brechtian theater.
Despite such aversion to the audience giving itself up to the story or to the characters, Brecht is an entertainer, through music, and through social situations that reach us where we live. The Rogue's presentation is terrifically entertaining, from their lively acting, to the terrific original music, to the presentation of each scene's beginning as ensemble choral performance.
This is quite possibly the best theater I have ever seen in Tucson.
Fortunately this review appeared after I had seen the play. As I am often guided by the reviews appearing in the periodical. I will have to rethink this procedure. This play was stark and poignant. I am of the mind that Barbara's persona was executed nicely by Arnold. The lack of histrionics and breakdowns was refreshing. Her portrayal was much more realistic than what was described above.
Guajardo portrayal of Kenneth as wounded right from the start, is not inappropriate and he is able to keep the audience at that level through the 80 minutes of the show. Could it have been done differently, of course, would that have made it better for the audience? Who knows. In my opinion this performance is worth the investment of both our time and ticket price, Arnorld and Guajardo can be proud of developing great characters resulting in realistic persons that appears to take minimal effort on their part. Actors at their solo and collective best.
The picture labeled "Kristen Islas in Joan Is Burning" is actually Shannon Rzucidlo.
Both the Weekly and the Star misused the word "wherefore." It means WHY. I learned this in high school. At least the Weekly advised they were using a bit of license! The Star just used it as the word "where," as in where the performance is located. I am so sick of the misuse of this phrase!
Although Sherilyn Forrester makes some good points regarding the playwrights overriding presence throughout the show and that at times he becomes more important than the story he is trying to tell. However, after seeing a performance last week I felt that the acting and directing were outstanding and gave life and fun to what sometimes feels like an odd course of events. There are continual laughs and the direction is tight and playful. This production pulled everything together for me and turned out to be a far more enjoyable evening than I had ever expected. It's certainly ls not great literature but I'd recommend it for a good night out. -A. David
I find Margaret Regan's article disappointing, but reflective of the author. The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a lovely place to visit and admire the works of many artists. I always enjoy taking visitors and delight when they are surprised and impressed to find such a museum in Tucson. We do not need some bourgeois author disparaging the Mini-Time Machine Museum to inflat her worth. Thank you Mini-Time Machine for your contribution to the community.
The productions are staged on alternate nights, so we could see the somber Hedda Gabler...
It was not in the article, but was in our accompanying listings: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/lava-mu…
Sorry, Jimmy. I appreciate your quick response. I looked through the Music listings in the above article and then searched on 'LAVA' and didn't find it. Would you please send me a link to it? (You can send it via PM if you like.)
Live Acoustic Venue Association (LAVA)
The Little Non-profit that Could ;-)
Bonnie, LAVA was not overlooked at all; it's indeed included in our fall arts listings. As for Margaret's writeup, I reiterate what she said in her intro: "There's far too much going on for everything to fit into these few pages."
Submitted under music, but overlooked, LAVA Music is presenting a series of 10 concerts featuring world class musicians this fall at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S Kolb. Details, including videos and links to musicians' websites, are at www.lavamusic.org. Advance tickets are available online, and discounted season tickets are now offered.
Great article. Great monthly event. The curators always put together an interesting theme and a wonderful group of diverse storytellers. There's another great resource for storytelling in a new book called LIVING PROOF: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference by Capecci & Cage - a truly outstanding guide for anyone who wants to learn to tell their own or their cause's story. Everyone should go to Odyssey Storytelling!
Hello "No Fretss" It seems we are on the same page. I also studied with Gisela Depkat and
miss being able to contact her. When I learned about Nancy Green and heard her in concert and
on her recordings, I immediately make the same connection. But the really weird thing is that
today (July 27, 2012) is the first time I have seen your post. Get this...my car's license plate
reads "No Frets". How coincidental is that? Pat Fisher = firstname.lastname@example.org
It was not boring a la Mamet. I thought very well done and to be recommended as a must-see play. We don't have many of those here.
While I agree that the acting was really solid, I disagree with this being a "flat" play and several of us talked at length about the play afterwards - definitely not leaving the theatre "empty-handed". OK - it isn't the BEST PLAY EVER - but it is really good (echoes of Mamet be damned) so do yourself a favor and go see what I think is a great production.
Louis Cypher was so envious of the Creator he too had no opinions;)
i am very proud of you Babe, your hard work and dedication has paid off this is proof of what im saying GOOD JOB!!!! you are the BOMB!!!
Great Job, Paula!!! ;)
Three years after the publication of this article, I say"Hello, Lee Anne. how are you?" As a crushaholic adolescent Ranger, Class of 1968, I was fascinated by your mind, your morality, your intellect, your athleticism, your face, and, last but not least, your legs! (perhaps you poignantly remember me for that.)
If you choose to respond at all, please update me on your fellow twirlers. I've known for about 43 years about poor Candy Hervey. ("Poor?" Well, if she has spent 43 years in the place I expect to spend my eternity, she's having a blast. But that's only so much comfort when an 18 year-old friend suddenly goes there, right???)
What about Marilyn ? What was her last name? Montague? Montaign? I had one or two classes with her, and liked her.
I have read, over a period of more than 20 years, of the deaths of Babs Bowman and Judy Shafton. Could you put me in touch with others of our Echo and Rawhide gang?
Me? I'm 62, and live in threadbare retirement in West Columbia, SC. When I was 51 years old, God finally gave me a wife. Her name is Betty.
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