American Premiere of Maurice, Based on Controversial Coming of Age Novel by E.M. Forster
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The last date listed for Maurice was Saturday April 7, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from James
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Go for the story, but set your theatrical expectations low.
This story does a profound job of touching emotional memories for gay men who remember the pain, excitement, fear, confusion, and near-elation of their taboo love of male friends. It certainly hit that bittersweet spot for me, and that alone made this worthwhile despite the weaknesses of the production. I suggest that you check it out if you've lived some of these feelings or if you’re curious about closeted gay adolescence.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a whole lot more than a staged reading. The two lead actors did a good job, but a good deal of the acting was weak. The same performers may have been much stronger with better direction, but absent solid direction or clever staging, this was in large part lines thrown around a stage. Although the actors usually knew their lines well and sometimes delivered them to each other with feeling, it rarely felt like the characters came to life or truly interacted with each other. Minimal staging CAN work beautifully, but they built one lovely set, used simple light variations, and had the actors drag two chairs to different locations around the set every time they walked on or off. It got tedious, and rarely gave me a sense that they were changing locations. And two small but important notes: blankets on a floor do not make a bed in an upper class English estate, and just a bit of suit tailoring can go a long way.
For those of us who lived with these forbidden feelings, the emotional pull of the story is powerful. Bravo and thanks to E.M. Forster and the scriptwriters for that. But I think the New Conservatory can… and should… do a lot more with this play. Their mission is to champion gay theater, which I think means to tell our stories in a compelling way to a broader audience. They have a wonderful venue in the middle of our world-class city that represents gay freedom. I’d like to see them step up their theatrical quality a couple of notches.
Quotes & Highlights
- "An unusually well-tuned New Conservatory production under director George Maguire ... Maurice triumphs, with Forster's radical notion - given the times - that a man could learn to embrace and enjoy his homosexuality." --San Francisco Chronicle
Directed by George Maguire, Maurice stars John Hurst, Hilary Hyatt, Alex Kirschner, Lindsey Murray, Andrew Nolan and Soren Santos.
The play contains adult content, brief nudity and sexual situations. It is recommended for audiences 16 and older.