The Show Goes On.

Today, presumably, a group of terrorists attacked the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. This historic event takes place on Patriot’s day (also known as Marathon Monday) and is a holiday that is a symbol of freedom, a symbol of overcoming the opposition. The events that took place today in Downtown Boston and the JFK Library are completely devastating.

This afternoon, at the time of the bombings, the cast and crew of Two Gentleman of Verona were in rehearsal in the Cutler Majestic Theatre in their third day of technical rehearsal. After hearing the news, the rehearsal continued with the utmost amount of professionalism. I admire the cast and crew that even during this state, they took their job seriously and acted professionally.

Emerson Stage today is the definition of “the show must go on.”

Theatre Beat – December 15 through December 22

Opening

Black Nativity – Langston Hughes’ Nativity Play. Cast of more than 50 actors includes experienced adult performers as well as young actors. Northeastern University Theatre, 342 Huntington Avenue, Boston. [$18+] [December 14 – 22]

The Christmas Revels – Annual celebration of the winter solstice. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Avenue, Cambridge. [$25+] [December 14-27]

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Playing

Arabian Nights at the Central Square Theatre. 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge [$15+] [Closes December 30]

Memphis: The Musical at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. 106 Boylston Street, Boston. [$25+] [Closes December 23]

Of Mice and Men at the BCA. 539 Tremont Street, Boston. [$25+] [Closes December 22]

The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Paramount Theatre. 559 Washington Street, Boston. [$25+ for general audiences, $15 for Emerson Students] [Closes December 16]

Pippin at ART. 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. [$25+] [Closes January 20] **THIS SHOW WILL TRANSFER TO BROADWAY

Two Gentleman of Verona at Davis Square Theatre. 255 Elm Street, Somerville. [$28+] [Closes January 6]

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**Information courtesy of The Phoenix Magazine, Boston Massachusetts.

La Belle Et La Bête at ArtsEmerson

Let me first say, that as a whole, I did not enjoy this production. It was branded at “Beauty And The Beast” with the title in French, but the show itself was a very very modern interpretation of the production.

La Belle Et La Bête is performed by a French company from Montreal. They wrote the script for this production in French and translated it to English for American audiences.

The advertising for this production focused on the technical aspect and the 4D projection art utilized in this performance. The projections for this production were phenomenal. The projections designer deserves a raise. The use of these projections really brought the show to a whole new level. To go along with the projections, the sound design was also incredible. I am not sure if all the music used in the production was originally created for La Belle Et La Bête, but I’m sure some of it was. Really really great sound design.

I did have a problem with the conventional lighting used in the show. The “storyteller” stood in almost the same position the entire show, far downstage right. To light her, the lighting designer chose to use three fixtures, one from either side and one from the front. The blocking of this actress was so far downstage that most of the proscenium arch was lit for most of the performance. This drew me out of the world of the play. The projections did a great job of taking me out of my seat and into a world that wasn’t inside a theatre. The lighting brought me back to the Majestic.

Also with the lighting, in the early scenes of this production, The Beast’s face is not supposed to be seen. I could clearly see his face under his cloak at early parts of the performance. This disappointed me, because the reveal of his face is supposed to be a big dramatic moment. It was not because we had already seen his face due to the lighting.

Here’s where the real problem comes in. The translation. This show really should have been performed in French with English subtitles. The translation of the text made it hard to follow at some points. Plus, the book itself isn’t phenomenal. I did not enjoy the storyline. The book may have ruined Beauty and the Beast for me. They made the show about a creepy guy who won’t show his face and prostitution. The spine of the performance was definitely about scars/wounds; emotionally and  physically. That definitely showed throughout the production.

I am disappointed. Definitely the worst show I have ever seen by a professional company. This goes to show you not to go into a performance with certain expectations. There was a lot of hype surrounding the production, and it turned into disappointment.

La Belle Et La Bête Tomorrow

The show that I’ve only heard bad things about.

Tomorrow at 2:00, I will see the last performance of La Belle Et La Bête at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre.

The Boston Globe’s review of the performance was less than positive, although visually stunning.

The problem with the show, from what I’ve been hearing, is that this is the first performance of this show in English [from French] and that the translation is absolutely horrific.

We’ll find out tomorrow.

Tales of Ovid

Well, what an interesting show.

I can tell you that there were 5 actors, and 4 ribbons. There was rape, incest, blood, the ripping out of tongues, kings, queens, musicians, and lots of crazy shit.

Most likely the first theatrical experience I truly did not enjoy.

Not Having A Car

It’s great. Really, I think it’s awesome that I don’t have to deal with owning a vehicle here in the city.

Over the summer when I was thinking about moving to college in Boston, I figured that not owning a vehicle would absolutely positively suck. I have found just the opposite. Owning a car in the city is absurd.

Let’s run some numbers.

Living in a suburb and driving into work every day is insanely expensive, yet thousands of commuters do it every day.

Let’s pick Newton, a popular suburb not too far from the city. If your car got 30MPG, you would spend around $5 on gas every day, which isn’t too bad. It’s when you get to the city and have to pay upwards of $20 to leave your car. Then there’s the trying to find a gas station, parking space, and that blasted car payment. It’s crazy.

Plus, here in Boston, we have this lovely thing called the train.

I don’t plan on owning a car until I have to do some serious grocery shopping, which won’t happen for a while.