THis is actually the second production at the Booth Playhouse for the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival. Last years Macbeth.
This production was sooooooo DOPE! Loved every minute of it. Jeremy De Carlos is now a favorite of mine.
Mr. Tannenbaum is correct, there were some omissions in the opening night program, which we've now corrected. I just wanted to make sure they get their due here. The set was designed by our very own artistic director, Chip Decker, who also took on work of sound designer. Hallie Gray rocked out the lighting design! And our very own Carrie Cranford took on Set Dressing, Props and Costuming.
Fabulous acting by this cast. Although I agree, that the writing at the end is a bit anti climactic, the actors ALL carry the writing through wonderfully and it is completely worth going to see!!! Funny, irreverent, thought provoking and in a fabulous venue.
Katherine Murdoch is so sexy.
Actually, the first area production of this show took place at Little Theatre of Gastonia, around a year ago.
I was there the day 'Evan' was born... SO proud of him!
Had great time at Friday evening show. I did not see Moving Poets when they were in Charlotte previously but glad they came back. Wonderful dancing and I enjoyed the music selections on all three pieces. It was also quite interesting to see live painting being done during "Contact". I hope there will be another show in 2014.
Wonderful blend of music, dance and visual art. Excellent choreography and performances by all dancers, my favorite piece was "The Left Foot Smile".
This "rag" and its critic have done more to sustain and promote theater in Charlotte and surrounding areas than any other single force in the city -- including the MTA (no insult intended). His opinions are his own, but his expertise is usually well-honed and on the mark. If one's skin is too thin to have their mediocrity pointed out, maybe they shouldn't submit the paying public to their mediocrity. And friends of the artists are doing their pals no favors by attacking the messenger, because maybe the criticisms need to be heard for your affronted artists to grow. But CL and Perry deserve your respect, even if you disagree with his opinions. Perry sees everything he can, stuff no one else covering the arts in this area would ever take in. He goes in hoping to be wowed, with an open mind to any -- and I mean ANY -- half-baked off-kilter take on any genre of show. Maybe your show didn't get where it wanted to go. Maybe an actor had a bad show. Maybe the concept was rushed and ill-conceived. Maybe not. Perry just writes what he sees. Maybe he saw what you didn't want him to. Just say thank you for the support and do better. And smile a little. Everyone gets a bad review.
This show was so good I'm sending my friends to go see it as well!
Much love to all!
yeah,who is biff?
And Your contribution Biff?
Calling this a 'Fringe Theater and New Play Festival" is well, a joke. How about a "handful of previously performed in town plays and several dozen people that are brave enough to call themselves comedians Festival? Awful and embarassing when compared to actual, real and legit Fringe Festivals.
All of us in Wichita Kansas miss every one of you. Even us "lurkers". Stay safe and I know how it can be. Very well put.
Haven't seen this one, BUT - For anyone who has been a part of one, yes - Macbeth is an extraordinarily difficult production to put up, that's truth # 1. Truth # 2 : I've been reading this shitrag since 1990, and I can tell you: this critic has NEVER liked any true, faithful version of the Scottish play presented in Charlotte. I think he liked the thumb puppet one. No mention of the fight choreography, either? Odd, given the content of the play.
It's been my experience with Collaborative Arts/Charlotte Shakespeare is that they always nail the Comedies, and they are quite good, if not top-notch productions. The tragedies they put up are, well.. Weak. Uninspired, lackluster, shortsighted, a tad arrogant - and presented without any introspection or wonder whatsoever. They always seem to have a fine group onstage, but when it comes to the heavier stuff - Wilkinson just doesn't bring the goods.
I'm sorry Mr. Tannenbaum, I dont know what play you watched but I have to respectfully disagree with your comment about certain aspects of Macbeth. While I agree with alot of what you said about the overall production I have to disagree with your views on Mr. Casper as Macbeth. It's obvious you have had no formal actor training or Shakespearean training. Mr. Casper's take on the Scottish king was original, unpredictable and full of humanity. His and Gretchin Mcgintys performance were the sole stand outs of the entire evening. Just because and actor screams his lines doesn't mean it's filled with emotion. Take an acting class and you might learn this.
Once again, the comments from Charlotteans show the lack of cultural maturity in this city as they watch the travelling drivel instead of embracing the local genius of native Charlotte Theatre. Carry on Perry!!!
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