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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is about to end its season tomorrow night, with Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd as the closer.  No, 3CM isn't planning to go (he's seen it), and this diary isn't going to address the issue of whether it belongs in the opera house, or whether it's an opera or a musical.  Instead, it's a bit more like random ruminations on how simultaneously engrossed and detached one can become when involved in a difficult endeavor.  Now, if that reallly pretentious prose doesn't turn you off......

Sondheim once described Sweeney Todd thus, in a 2004 interview in the Telegraph with Sarah Crompton, after the first London production closed after 157 performances:

'Sondheim has always been hurt by this reception. "It was my love letter to London."
If you know the story of Sweeney Todd, you might go "Huh????".  Charles Spencer, in another Telegraph article not long after Crompton's feature, responded the same way:
"Reeling from the theatre after an orgy of mass murder, cannibalism, rape, insanity and institutional corruption, one can only feverishly speculate as to what kind of letter Sondheim would write if he took a serious dislike to some place or someone."
But this gets back to my point about being immersed so much in an activity that you lose perspective.  Sondheim was undoubtedly sincere in stating that Sweeney Todd is his "love letter to London".  In the first number in Act I, Anthony Hope sings that "There's no place like London!", in a totally fresh-faced, open-hearted manner.  

In a 2003 article in The Guardian, Michael Billington characterized Sweeney Todd thus, with help from reading Meryle Seecrist's bio of Sondheim:

"....above all, this is a work about destructive obsession and seems to spring from some dark, expressive need in Sondheim himself.

'I hardly know the man but, according to Secrest's biography, he is - or at least was - emotionally reclusive, slightly "scary" (even to his best friends) and known to bear grudges. This is not to say that Sondheim is Sweeney; but only a fiercely driven individual could have so convincingly created a hero who misanthropically argues that "We all deserve to die" and "The history of the world, my sweet, is who gets eaten and who gets to eat."'

In the pre-concert talk between Sondheim and BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny at the 80th birthday Prom for Sondheim on July 31, 2010 (which, amazingly, almost 2 years after the concert, is still available here), Sondheim further expressed his love of London:
"Trelawny: 'You love London? You're....'

Sondheim: 'I've been an Anglophile since I was 20 years old, since my first visit, absolutely.'

Trelawny: 'You got good reviews here for Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.'

Sondheim: 'You really know, yes. They were the first good reviews I ever got, were in London.'"

The initial reviews for Sweeney Todd weren't so good.  Years later, Sondheim got a possible explanation as to why, per Billington's Guardian article:
'But now, he thinks he understands. "A friend of mine, the playwright John Guare, said that it was as if the British had come to the States and done a serious musical of I Love Lucy.

"And we would think, Don't they know that's a silly comedy? Well, I think maybe, with Sweeney Todd, people thought that the Americans were taking a melodrama just too seriously. How pretentious!"

In his book Finishing the Hat, Sondheim still maintains an emotional detachment in his assessment of this work, considered by many to be his single greatest achievement:
".....if you give an audience a good story, especially an extravagant one, they'll accept it with pleasure, no matter how bizarre and idiosyncratic it may be."

Citation: Stephen Sondheim, Finishing the Hat, Alfred A. Knopf (New York City), p. 376 (2010).

If you want to read a bit more, there's:

a) This DK diary a few months back
b) From HuffPo, Susanne Mentzer, the Beggar Woman in OTSL's soon-to-finish production, blogged about makeup misadventures related to the show here.

With that:

"Attend SNLC protocol
Loser stories from one and all...."

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  •  yes, 3CM knows this is late..... (8+ / 0-)

    .....but what else did you expect from such a loser? ;-P

    So, from here; lost all 3 in bowling this week, by the equivalent of 2 bowlers.  We....are.....so....lame....

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:06:39 PM PDT

  •  i finally opened up the house (5+ / 0-)

    overnight lows aren't so low, and last night was smoky.  but i can't stand the a/c on any longer.  

    a bit tipsy, finishing up diary rescue shift, and ex is being a totally jerk.  grrrrrr.

    •  weather has been hot enough here that.... (5+ / 0-)
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      ......it's been a while since I've opened up the windows, but it was nice when I could.  Tonight is potentially such a night, except that I've heard about rain in the middle of the night.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:20:23 PM PDT

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      •  No a.c. here, so (4+ / 0-)
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        the windows are open unless I'm expecting a major storm. But with my hours, even though the place is an oven when I get home, it cools off quickly enough (window fan on High).

        Tonight isn't bad, though: much less humid & cooler than the past four days.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 11:23:42 PM PDT

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        •  broken unit, or just prefer..... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....not to have an AC unit, window or otherwise?  Fans are obviously the next best thing.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:03:15 AM PDT

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          •  I don't like a/c (1+ / 0-)
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            I have it at work, obviously, and when we get that awful hot/humid crap I will seek out places with a/c on my days off -- at least during the worst hours of the late afternoon -- but in general it's not THAT horrible around here.  Humid is much worse than hot, imo.  So, high 90s & humid is...awful.  But we don't generally get months, or even weeks, of that kind of weather.  (Now watch: probably this summer we will, just b/c I typed that.)

            There was a horrible hot/humid summer after I moved into this apt., but for the past few years, I've only suffered a day or three here and there...definitely not enough to waste money on a/c and the resultant high electric bill.

            To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

            by Youffraita on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:41:04 PM PDT

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            •  late reply; well, here..... (0+ / 0-)

              .....now that we're enduring the extreme heat, the new AC definitely ranks as the best money I've spent this year.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:17:08 PM PDT

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  •  I saw Sweeney Todd (4+ / 0-)
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    at Houston Grand Opera years ago.
    I imagined it being a musical being better sung than most, much as I thought about their Show Boat presentation that went to Broadway.
    The bag lady/wife/whatever, just happenned to be the wife of the Houston Grand Opera's director.
    She was ok.

    •  well, the Beggar Woman isn't that big a part..... (4+ / 0-)
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      .....so it could have been just as well that the wife of the HGO general director took the role.  Of course, given the final plot twist......

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:21:31 PM PDT

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      •  lol! (5+ / 0-)

        There were no audible groans, but she was taking solo bows!  Too funny!
        Talk about losers!
        At least the singers did not have to use mikes!
        now...today, I bought a sports car.  I am 60 yrs old, decided I had to have a 350Z Nissan roadster.  Because it goes fast, is sexy, makes me feel young.
        I bought my brother, 2 yrs older than me, a Corvette, 3 yrs ago, when he was diagnosed with leukemia.
        We are the typical grey haired folks, riding with the tops down, listening to "Free Bird", and feeling happy!
        losers?  That R us.

        •  well, the Beggar Woman is a named role..... (3+ / 0-)
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          ......and, if nothing else, calls for decent acting.  So maybe she was OK in the part.  Hope the new wheels are still working well.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:41:30 PM PDT

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          •  she was not (3+ / 0-)
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            much of an actress.  Her solo bows were quiet.  The director's name escapes me..David something, starting with a "G", maybe?   He took some heat for that casting.
            I never watched an opera that I thought was bad, or a bad production.  I have enjoyed them all.  I saw the famous Met production of La Boheme, so obviously, other productions pale somewhat, but they were always a joy.  I love student productions, I love small inner city company productions...I love them all, start to finish.
            My 92 yr old Dad took my car for a little drive.  He hasn't driven in almost a year.   He thinks the car is very special.
            It will be fun, and since I do not drive more than 3,000 in a given year, it should take me to the nursing home parking lot when I decide the time is right!

            •  past HGO general director was David.... (1+ / 0-)
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              .....Gockley, now the general director of San Francisco Opera.  The late Richard Hickox also took some heat at Opera Australia for casting his wife, soprano Pamela Helen Stephen, fairly often.

              Good to know that you've done well with opera going.  I've gone to enough productions over the years that some have been good, and some have been lame.  However, in terms of local attendance, no one can match the guy profiled at the end of this P-D blog post.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:08:17 AM PDT

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        •  If you weren't 60, I'd say you (3+ / 0-)
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          were having a midlife crisis, which, I guess, goes to show that you can have a midlife crisis at any age, eh?

          Back in 1984 I made bookoo bucks as a computer consultant, the most successful year of my life.  I remember going to buy a mazda RX-7 fully loaded and paying for it with a rolls of hard cash I pulled right out of my pockets, like I was a coke dealer or something.  I think I bought it just so I could do that.  

          •  dang, those were the days (2+ / 0-)
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            I suppose one good thing about me getting the new AC and heater was that I had the $ to pay for it outright, no monthly payments needed.  Shows what happens when one has never been married and can't get a date.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:10:43 AM PDT

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  •  Hoo boy, Major Loser Tonight (4+ / 0-)
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    The iced coffee dispenser takes bags of premade iced coffee (flavors: French Vanilla or Mocha) -- they chill inside the refrigerator part, customer pushes the button et voila!

    But when the bag is empty, a new one has to be inserted.

    I've done this many times before without problems.

    Until tonight.

    As I was wrestling the spout into position in the dispenser, the ring in the bag where the spout gets inserted just -- broke off completely.

    Room-temperature iced coffee came gushing out.  Onto me, onto the counter, and in a huge and expanding puddle on the floor before I could grab the bag and hold it hole-up.

    "What a mess" doesn't even come close.

    Then I had to work for the next six and a half hours in those coffee-soaked clothes (they dried out, of course, but  it's a good thing I have a ton of Shout b/c I'm going to need it to get the stains out).

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:52:24 PM PDT

    •  ouch; you win the 'prize' tonight..... (3+ / 0-)
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      ......not that you asked, of course.  Just a regular wash with the rest of the laundry won't do it?

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 11:04:49 PM PDT

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      •  It's coffee. Not (3+ / 0-)
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        regular coffee, of course, but I was wearing khakis & it will no doubt stain them if I don't give them a thorough Shout-out.

        I just bought them two weeks ago; don't want to have to replace them already.

        My top is black & so I don't know whether the coffee will stain it but probably will Shout it too, just in case.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 11:13:21 PM PDT

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    •  Your office is going to smell so nice tomorrow. (3+ / 0-)
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      Well, maybe.

      I used to roast beans at home.  The coffee bean oil in the smoke starts to get into the walls after a while.  Not such a bad thing, really.

      •  Thanks, sweetie, BUT (2+ / 0-)
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        this is not real coffee...this is a bag of premixed "iced coffee" that probably never saw a coffee bean in its life.  [Coffee crystals, maybe...imitation coffee flavoring, more likely.]  It is "shelf stable" which means we don't have to keep it refrigerated (except when dispensing it) and it won't go bad, but it has a ton of milk (or perhaps "creamer") mixed in --

        To wit, it is the result of Big Food Industry Ersatz and not cooking-as-we-know-it.  I love real coffee, ergo  I never touch the stuff.

        But there's enough brown food coloring in it to stain my pants.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 12:36:16 AM PDT

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  •  When I heard Bryn Terfel sing (4+ / 0-)
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    a recital in L.A. at Walt Disney Hall, he suggested he'd love to return and sing "Sweeney Todd."

  •  CCCM, did you hear Chin's (4+ / 0-)
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    "Cinderella"?  What did you think?

  •  Best wishes! (3+ / 0-)
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    We are still waiting to hear what the FHA appraiser says about the mil's house.  We may hear by Wed.

    The realtor is optimistic, but...

    Fingers crossed.

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 11:55:20 PM PDT

  •  Can't say I enjoyed Sweeney Todd. (2+ / 0-)
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    Maybe it hasn't grown on me yet.  

    Maybe you have to be in a certain frame of mind to appreciate something like that.  I know Sondheim did it relatively recently, but there were a number of "dark" productions like that back in the 20s with an expressionist bent, like Three Penny Opera.  I LOVE Three Penny Opera, but there's more biting humor to it and a lot of the dark Brechtian works.

    Speaking of expressionists, there was a diary yesterday about best horror films and I nominated Peter Lorre's Mad Love.

    •  I've never actually seen (2+ / 0-)
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      the whole Sweeney Todd -- just bits of it on YT -- but the songs I've caught are terrific.

      Definitely, though, I can see why Londoners might not have considered it a "love letter" to their city.

      It would be like writing an opera about Son of Sam and calling it an "ode to Boston."

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 12:41:46 AM PDT

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      •  I think the Hearn/Lansbury production..... (2+ / 0-)
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        ....is on DVD, and of course there are several recordings, including the New York Philharmonic concert version from a few years back.

        There were other influences that fed the work, like Bernard Herrmann's music for the 1945 film Hangover Square (set in London), which Sondheim loved when it first appeared.  The story is that he went back and really read closely the music on the crazy composer-pianist's piano in the last scene, or listened to it a bunch of time, so that he could internalize it.  He also saw the dramatic potential in the Christopher Bond adaptation that he'd seen in the UK in the 1970's.  In fact, the director of OTSL's production, Ron Daniels, had a hand in the creation of the Bond play version of Sweeney Todd.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:21:54 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks, 3CM, but (1+ / 0-)
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          you just gave me WAY too much insider baseball for me to understand what you're saying.

          I barely know what an RBI is.  ;-D

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:33:00 PM PDT

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          •  hey, what I wrote isn't **that** difficult..... (1+ / 0-)
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            .....to understand :) .  It's also not that much insider baseball, as it's in bios of Sondheim and his own book.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:44:11 PM PDT

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    •  have you seen ST live, or the movie, or..... (2+ / 0-)
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      .....the PBS video of the production with George Hearn and Angela Lansbury?  Which version you saw will obviously inform your reaction.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:16:51 AM PDT

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      •  The Angela Lansbury version on PBS (2+ / 0-)
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        which was agony (for me) to watch.

        •  the particular production, or the show itself? (1+ / 0-)
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          If you don't like the show from the get-go, then obviously even the best production may not help.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:44:43 PM PDT

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          •  3CM, even I twitched at seeing Lansbury (0+ / 0-)

            Of course, I saw her after seeing two other performers in the same role doing the same song.

            She was Too. Much. Camp.

            If you accept that her performance is total Camp: she's great.  She really is.

            But, subtle she is NOT.

            And that's really saying something, considering the two other performances I saw weren't exactly exemplars of subtlety.

            To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

            by Youffraita on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:56:02 PM PDT

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            •  Well, maybe CCC is right and (0+ / 0-)

              it was the performance, not the musical.  I have no way of knowing.  It's the only version I've seen.

              I also gritted my teeth through the PBS production of Dr. Jekyll starring the Baywatch dude who gets drunk and eats hamburgers on Youtube, whatever his name is.  Ugh.  

            •  late reply #3; who were the other two? (0+ / 0-)

              One assumes they were live productions, in NYC or Philly.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:22:47 PM PDT

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    •  Ha! or a novel about the Zodiac Killer (0+ / 0-)

      and calling it "Why San Francisco is my first and ONLY love."

      I mean: really?

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:51:35 PM PDT

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      •  well, to give Sondheim a soupcon of..... (0+ / 0-)

        ......benefit of the doubt/credit, he obviously was thinking about more than the plot.  He also had in mind various style of English music, like parlor ballads and such, I would think.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:23:53 PM PDT

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  •  Saw it a couple of weeks ago (1+ / 0-)
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    at OTSL.  Sweeney Todd is one of my favorite shows despite all the gore and blood.   I liked OTSL's production but I thought the Rep's production 8 or 10 years ago on the same stage was a better production - much more imaginative from a scenery and staging point of view.  I've always wanted to see Karen Ziemba live and in person and I thought she did a good job.    

    My favorite this season was Cosi - I was so relieved that did a fairly straight production of it.  I thought the men were wonderful (except the older guy - he seemed to be having some difficulties the night I saw it) and the women were good.   Not the best production I've ever seen, but enjoyable.

    Loved the production design of Carmen but hated the tenor and thought Carmen was only so-so.

    Missed Alice.  Heard I didn't miss much.  My group had an email discussion after about whether it was worse than Under the Double Moon.  They decided it wasn't because at least it had good sets and scenery.  

    All in all I thought it was only a so-so season.  I've been a season ticket holder for over 25 years and this year I considered whether I might want to take a break next year.  

    •  I missed the Rep's production a while back (0+ / 0-)

      In OTSL's production, I wasn't quite as grossed out as I expected to be in the flashback scene with Judge Turpin violating Lucy, since the "shower curtain" scrim made things so vague that unless you knew the story, it was not clear what was being done to her.  I heard that the Rep's production was much more explicit in that regard.

      For reasons too complicated to mention, I've cut back on being a subscriber and have gone for single tickets and also the "Young Friends" events.  The latter especially is a great deal.  How does the 2013 season look to you?  There is the one world premiere by Terence Blanchard on the bill, for one.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 11:51:50 PM PDT

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