Fifth of July, a Poignant and Comic Drama About War's Effects by Lanford Wilson
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Rudy and his friends light up the stage in this exciting new musical adaptation of the holiday TV special that celebrates the misfit in all of us. From Rudolph, the reindeer who tries to hide his very shiny nose before he realizes he can save Santa's Christmas, to his pals Clarice, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and even the Abominable Snowman, this song-filled, large-scale extravaganza brings their unforgettable adventures to life. In addition to the classic title song by Johnny Marks, the original soundtrack boasts great tunes like "There's Always Tomorrow," "We're a Couple of Misfits," "Silver and Gold," "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and more. Learn More
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I really enjoyed IC's The Crucible. It was rough around the edges but spirited and heartfelt. It is also a classic, superbly written and structured play with a powerful topic that is hard to miss. The Fifth of July is a much tougher piece to pull off, with no one clear issue or lead character and lots of overlapping dialogue; which is surely what the playwright intended - for us to slip in on a couple of days in the life of an extended family.
This production is not a bad one, but its certainly not great. If you haven't seen the play, its worth using the opportunity to see one of the significant works of Lanford Wilson. But, as a friend who accompanied me said, it was tough enough to follow all of the details of the plot, but that would have been less of an issue had I found a way to really care about these characters.
When I take it apart, no actor was bad, in fact, all were competent, and invested a great deal of energy. I found myself warming to the actors playing Ken Talley and Aunt Sally, particularly when they had longer speaches and a chance to settle in, open up, and connect. I found myself really wanting to get to know them more.
But I didn't feel moved by the piece as a whole, which I am going to chalk up to the direction. Even naturalistic scripts need shaping and focusing. The acting calls for a Chekhov-like approach that is very personally invested while being aware that the play and life is a comedy. What makes great Chekhov so great is the nuance that it requires to bring it to life. Unfortunately, despite the nice efforts of these actors, instead of creating a diverse and colorful mix of people we can relate to, they blend into a gray mix, much like the dingy, gray set and lighting the actors play against.
That being said, I like this group, feel their hearts are in the right place, and am looking forward to see what their next seasons' theme and plays will be.l
Quotes & Highlights
- Fifth of July is part of the Talley Trilogy of plays by Lanford Wilson, all revolving around the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. The other plays are Talley's Folly and Talley & Son.
Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Edward Morgan
Summer 1977. Ken is a legless Vietnam vet hiding from life at the large country farm he shares with his lover. The couple is hosting a variety of loved ones for the holiday weekend, including Ken's spacey aunt, tart-tongued sister, sassy teenage niece, and oldest childhood friend. As the play progresses, Ken and his guests trade hilarious anecdotes and bitter recriminations about the past, all while struggling to make peace with the irrevocable choices each have made.
Lanford Wilson was one of the most successful American playwrights of the latter half of the twentieth century. Honors include winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980 and being elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2001. Some of his most famous plays include Balm in Gilead, Hot L Baltimore, Burn This and "The Talley Trilogy."
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