War Music: Stunning Iliad Interpretation from American Conservatory Theatre
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The last date listed for War Music was Sunday April 26, 2009 / 2:00pm.
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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Featured review from MJ Pramik
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This preview performance was one of the poorest presentations I've seen in my 30 years of attending ACT. It was overly long and seemed incoherent. The pacing was not even. I may have fallen asleep in the second half.
The concept is interesting but I was not moved to any feeling or insight.
Seats were great, however.
In a wildly theatrical, totally modern interpretation that captures all of the passion and spirit of Homer’s Iliad, renowned writer and director Lillian Groag (A.C.T.‘s The Rivals) reignites the wrath of Greek warrior Achilles against his archrival, Agamemnon. Adapted from lauded contemporary poet Christopher Logue’s ravishing translation that was 45 years in the making, War Music is a large-scale, visionary fusion of language, music, and movement as only A.C.T. can create.
In addition to an ensemble cast of A.C.T.’s finest actors, War Music features the talents of award-winning set designer Dan Ostling (Argonautika, Metamorphoses) and celebrated opera, ballet, and Broadway choreographer Daniel Pelzig—complete with an original score by John Glover.