The Composer is Dead: A Theatrical Adaptation of Lemony Snicket's Orchestral Whodunnit
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“A hugely enjoyable undertaking for young and old alike…The piece seems destined to become a classic.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Older children will pick up more of the satirical nuances in the tale, but any young listener is sure to enjoy the animated sounds as Stookey’s score playfully evokes the character of each instrument in turn. Parents, meanwhile, will relish the witty quotations from well-known pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky and others.”—Time Out New York
“A grimly humorous detective story…Author Lemony Snicket is an unapologetic champion of classical music, and with Stookey, another San Francisco native, he has created perhaps the best response to the tiresome trope of the death of classical music.”—Washington Post
The show must go on? But the actor is mute, the director is crying, the dancer is lazy — and the composer is dead! This holiday season, Berkeley Rep presents a deliciously silly world premiere from beloved Bay Area artists. Lemony Snicket’s_ The Composer is Dead_ features text by bestselling author Lemony Snicket and a score by (living) composer Nathaniel Stookey. It’s a new theatrical adaptation of this wildly popular piece. Tony Taccone’s raucous production unleashes laughs through classic clowning and plenty of uppity puppets from the pioneering Phantom Limb Company (Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, Co-Artistic Directors). When Geoff Hoyle pops up as an outlandish inspector bent on solving a murderous riddle, the show crescendos into comic absurdity. To the delight of children and adults alike, Lemony Snicket’s_ The Composer is Dead_ comes alive on stage.
Party Night – December 1, 2010: Night/OUT
*The December 1 performance of this show features a special Night/OUT party following the performance. See a show, have a drink, meet someone new. Berkeley Rep’s wildly successful night/OUT series offers extraordinary productions followed by fabulous parties for the LGBT community. (Hint: They’ll bring the hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music from cutting-edge Bay Area DJs; you bring scintillating conversation and your best dance moves.) Ticket prices include access to both the performance and post-show party. *
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