Award-Winning Play The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
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Directed by Bill Condon (films Chicago, Dreamgirls) and inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, La Jolla Playhouse's production of the Tony Award-nominated musical Side Show follows the two sisters -- literally joined at the hip -- on their meteoric rise to fame during the 1930s and beyond. Track their personal and professional lives from circus sideshow freaks to vaudeville headliners as well as their lifelong search for independence and love. From the composer of Dreamgirls, Side Show features the songs "I Will Never Leave You," "Who Will Love Me As I Am?" and "Come Look at the Freaks." Learn More
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The director needs to note that this play would have have been so MUCH BETTER if the first few minutes had been altered. Elsa Barlow seemed schizophrenic -- one minute raging (and who knew why), the next laughing. It was confusing. We almost left after the 1st 10 minutes -- I could not imagine 2 hours of such theatrics (no pun intended). Now that I've seen the entire production, I can say that Elsa Barlow and Miss Helen did not connect. We had no idea what we were looking for or experiencing, yet this could have been altered in the first few minutes - a few understanding glances, some CONNECTION of some sort. Also, the lighting was mishandled. It was hard to notice the supposed statues in the yard, or understand that there was any magic at all in the room. It was dismal, and we have reconsidered attending anymore Lyceum performances. The play seemed unfinished, more like a practice performance than something one would pay money to see. I blame the director -- who told Miss Helen to gaze off for endless minutes with the same expression? Who allowed Elsa to act like she needed medication rather than acting as though she was confused, concerned, or tired?
Marius was well played, however, and seemed true to his character.
Quotes & Highlights
- New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play
- Fugard's novel Tsotsi was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.
Miss Helen is a reclusive widow who has created her own “Mecca” by meticulously decorating her home and front yard with a cacophony of candles, mermaids, wisemen, peacocks and pyramids. The neighbors can’t stop wondering “why?” Into Helen’s quiet life enters a young teacher with a secret agenda and a local clergyman with a plan to get Helen to sign away her home and her freedom. The trio clashes in a battle for Helen’s soul and her future.
The stage fills with crystalline light as two women learn to trust themselves and each other in this beautiful story about friendship and freedom.
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