I couldn't disagree more with this review. The script is smart, funny and accessible. Ms. Graci's immaculately choreographed transitions from scene to scene were a joy to watch. The performances were spectacular, especially Ms. Haring's tour-de-force turn as Marie Antoinette. Although he rightly praised the gorgeous, inventive costumes, the reviewer missed the finer points of the scenic design and completely ignored the stellar lighting and sound designs, both of which were among the best I've seen at Pure. Scenically, the design takes inspiration from Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost Chairs, crafting everything from tables to archery bows in clear acrylic. Like the script, it presents historical details in a modern aesthetic, while metaphorically nodding to the fact that Marie is without privacy and perpetually on display. The sound design also plays with the anachronistic aesthetic, setting the action against French covers of pop music that infuse the show with a sense of playfulness and rebellion. The lighting design continues the theme with clear acrylic footlights adorned with fleurs-de-lis, using them to ominous effect in a design that evokes time, mood and place effortlessly in the confines of a black box space that is extremely difficult to work in. This show is smart – really, really smart – and an absolute joy to watch.
Such a pleasure to have worked with these wonderful people and to call them my friends. They are each brilliant in their own way, and I cannot wait to see them succeed, and hopefully be a part of their productions in the future!
A - Always. B - Be. C - Closing.
Yeah, I've only seen the movie.
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Thank you, Pure Theater, for giving us another wonderful performance! Slow girl was riveting!
Sounds like a great read…just one more reason we should all pick up a good read. Makes me think of this great commercial for literacy: http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/sugar-bean-sisters-a-funny-parade-of-oddball-characters/Content?oid=4880201
I think some people who read that this is a "graphic novel" may think it's relentlessly sexually graphic in the sense of "Giving a vivid picture with explicit detail" (one definition of "graphic" in the online Oxford Dictionary). But really it just means that it's 252 pages of pictures (probably averaging about 5 pictures per page), the VAST majority of which have nothing to do with sex. The few frames that do relate to sex are exceedingly tame. Not titillating. Sit down and read it with an open mind. It's very artistic and touching.
I wonder how many of the backwoods Bible-thumpers objecting to this book or play ever took the trouble to look at it. If they have a problem with Fun Home, they must be positively mortified by any PG-13 movie shown in theaters these days. The only reason they aren't outraged by most serious literary works from the past several centuries is that they are equally ignorant of their contents. It is inspiring to see CofC taking a stand against the voices of darkness by staging this work of art.
@dp4, plenty of those great literary works faced similar bigoted attacks from an ignorant and reactionary religious faction. If you are titillated by a panel or two of hand drawn sex in the context of a serious memoir, the problem is with you. It doesn't lessen the impact of the story unless you are an idiot.
@Streetlaw, sarcasm doesn't work very well when it's defending a perspective that is so ridiculous it already seems like it has to be satire. I don't know what point you're trying to make.
The more graphic the better. All sinners, be they gay, lesbian, adulterers, blasphemers, liars, polygamist, or involved in incest, bestiality or the like, need to be proud of themselves and march together with their heads held high. Any religion that denies freedom of choice and self expression is obviously unconstitutional. As to allowing children to participate as thespians in what must certainly be consider a mildly pornographic theatric performance, there is just something sick about that.
Since when did the sex have to be graphic? Implied often works just as well. Maybe therein lies the problem. Many of the great literary works of art in the past and present have contained implied sex that certainly didn't take away or lessin the impact of the story. It's as if the author wanted the story to be titillating and maybe, just maybe that is what so many people have a real issue with.
Violin crime started with Jack Benny. He broke every law of music whenever he drew a bow across the strings.
From the outside looking in, everything looks fantastic even promising. But get into the real day to day detritus, then the truth emerges. This is the same for anything, anywhere. Good work!
I saw this play and cast in Phoenix. Terrific production and the sets nearly stole the show. The seamless transition between scenes and costumes was awesome in the true sense of that word. The actors' polished performances are New York quality. Good show!
Thing is divorce is so important to the economy. Breaking up relationship results in the need for more places to live, the convenience of fast food, legal fees, etc. Much in the media is driven toward normalizing adultery, alcoholism, and other behaviors that drive many divorces. This has, of course, very little, if anything to do with this play.
Wow, what a show. Acting was amazeballs. We ended up talking about the play for a couple of days after. Everyone involved should be commended for a great show.
Our spam filter is pretty good, but this week, we've been finding about 10 new spam posts every morning. Currently working hard on figuring out how to eradicate!
The handful of trolls who regularly monopolize CP's comment sections are bad enough without spammers like the one above chiming in. It would be nice if those screening content (and I assume someone does) would block the work-at-home ad scams, or at least find a way to delete them if they do get through.
If you have something to contribute about the subject/article/review, fine. If not, spare the reading public.
I hear this show's amazing.
As my first PURE show, this was intense, well acted and pretty awesome. You're confused when you hear a play as "thriller" but I understood well after it was over. Check it out pre-bars on an Upper King night.
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