Monday, August 22, 2005

BEAUTIFUL

SHOW TITLE: BEAUTIFUL
RUNNING TIME: 2h 0m
VENUE: Village Theatre
GENRE: Drama / Musical
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: Yes

RATING (0-4): 4

RATING SCALE:

0 Run, don’t walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don’t miss this one its FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

This was really a “beautiful” piece. It was such original music – Stephen Barnett has written gorgeous pop music that gives this musical a soulful and original backbone. The plot is sort of familiar – artist on hard times because of break up, successful friend tries to help him, meets new girl, ex-girlfriend always on his mind, shows up at the wrong moment, boy and new girl end up giving it a shot. There’s a great convention of the ex, who the artist has painted a portrait of, continually being a “live” presence in the room and walking through the portrait to interact with him (he imagines). The acting is fine, the voice of the main actor, David Anders, is phenomenal. The cast of 15 is way too large for the space and unnecessary to the story. This could be (and economically would have to be) pruned back to 8 or 9. There was a huge crowd to see this show – the longest lines I’ve seen yet this year.

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

I absolutely see a future for this piece. I hope it continues toward an Off-Broadway production.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a lot less happy with this show. First, the world is not in need of another Rent-style show about a starving artist battling with becoming a sell-out, especially one without all the subplots and characters of Rent. The music was excellent, but the story was lacking in major ways. I literally have no idea what went on in the second act. I'm pretty sure that his "painted" girlfriend appears in person at some point, but as she's constantly coming through the painting it was impossible to know if she was really there or not. The show ends with such a gentle sigh I was actually surprised that it was over. Really the first act was too analogous to Rent and the second act made no sense at all.

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