Spoleto should have all of the bands play on the main stage. We are out there waiting for 5 hours staring at a stage that is used for one hour.
Agreed. Lame act for the pour house, much less a Spoleto finale!
Dancing with wild abandon is a "tradition" at the Cistern. The venue change just meant Cistern Yard activity... with air conditioning. Rock on.
This'll be my first Spoleto event, despite living in the city for nine years now. Hope it doesn't rain too badly. I'm a fan of the Ramblers, can't wait to see them.
Saw it last night - Tons of fun!
I was a child in the '50s, and this music sounds authentic to that time. North Side Gal sounds Chuck Berry-esque. I almost expected (wrong era, but you'll know what I mean...) the Blues Brothers to somersault onto the stage. Signs and Signifiers (gossipers and liars) has an entirely different sound. It's definitely '50s, though. I could almost imagine this sung by the Everlys. Found his music on You Tube. Just discovered him because of this article.
Great show. I've never been to a live orchestra show before. I was mesmerized. Kudos to those kids up there playing away.
So Clarence, I can't quite figure out your comment. Did you see the Woolfe Street production? Was it less "flabby" than what you saw in New York? Kinda sounds like you're gratuitously raining on the parade.
I saw this play when it was on Broadway and it was bad, as in "not good". The actors tried but the material was flabby. As funny as a palmetto bug in your
Absolutely GREAT! How did I miss this show?
I think the show was much more enjoyable for an Italian-speaker. Being bilingual in English and Italian, and having read Pinocchio many, many times through my schooling in Italy, I can see how a non-speaker would not get from the supra titles all the wonderful things that are particular to Massimiliano's performance - his oratory and his delivery of the story, faithfully but with his own speed, pain, mood, accent, voices, etc. His rendition of the Gatto and the Volpe was hilarious. I thought the dancers were fabulous and added mood and feeling to this heartfelt performance about a relationship between father and son. Overall the play was moving and magical, without the need for any props at all. I loved the music as well. But, I often found myself to be the only one laughing in the whole theater, which indicated to me that a lot was lost on the public. I think the story of Pinocchio is very much under-appreciated in America as a serious piece of literature involving class, politics, and all sorts of adult themes; for someone who does not know the story well (on top of the language), I can see how the play would fail to fill the holes. It is nonetheless a pretty fabulous piece of work. Finazzer Flory's performance was outstanding. Bravi, bravi, bravi!!
There wasn't one mention of a bar or anything related to a bar at this show.
I really disagree with this rating. I thought the play was very well done. The dancers added a fresh interpretation of their own. The dialog was faster than the supra titles but there was no problem with understanding the meaning. I liked that we got closer to the original story of Pinocchio than any we usually get in the USA. I am so glad that we added this performance to our festival itinerary! I am only sorry that more people weren't there to enjoy this special performance!
thanks for helping us sell out the Piccolo Spoleto harbor cruise AND fill Freshfields last night - Home Team BBQ (WA) tonight June 1
If you want to see a truly wonderful Piccolo performance, go see the musical Tell Me On a Sunday, a Midtown Productions show at Footlight. Also, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a really enjoyable play - saw it earlier this year during PURE's regular season. And if you want to see some young people really showing their acting, singing, and dancing chops, check out the last performance of Children of Eden at Footlight on Thursday.
You shouldn't just avoid local productions because of past issues. After all, you are acting as a critic and Piccolo is a huge part of Spoleto and needs to be acknowledged and reviewed.
The problem with Piccolo is that the city crams too many events into too short a time period. The restrictions are archaic, especially in the light that rental of spaces is exhorbitant and the competition is fierce, especially for theatrical performances. It's no longer really feasible to do black box, minimalist productions, and yet the city expects everyone to function as though it is.
Production companies get very little time to do technical rehearsals because in the old days, everything was simple - lights on - lights off, boxes as furniture. It's no longer like that. There are elaborate sets, lighting requirements, and all kinds of technology. Pinocchio will have surtitles for example. That takes time to prepare and make sure it works properly, along with lighting and sets. Shows that aren't used to moving around and don't have a professional technical crew can be shaky because they get so little time to work in the venues beforehand and everyone expects professional level output.
You should go to Piccolo shows too -- they deserve it for all the intensely hard work that goes into them.
just to clarify, Bunker 13 is not part of the Under the Lights series. Someone did not do their homework
If Le Grand C is a circus, I am ready to run off with them. They gave a whole new meaning to W-O-W and reminded me why I love the French...
Wow, what a powerhouse of a performance. Spent most of the show, literally on the edge of my seat. I was probably invading the personal space of the person in front of me. But chances are, they were doing the same to the person in front of them. Magnificently energetic from the moment the two Actors joined each other on the stage, and doesn't stop until the show ends, which is saying a lot as there's no intermission. Very impressive.
Absolutely boss show last night.
I loved it.
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