Friday July 25, 2008 / 8:00pmWest Side Story
How was your experience?
Everything was very, very good -- much better than I expected (though I'm not sure what I expected) -- but the total was less than the sum of the constituent parts. The venue has little intimacy -- and I felt disconnected in the cavernous auditorium. There were several microphone problems. The actors on the whole were perhaps a bit too young to sell their performances, but they still did very well. The male lead of Tony was not as good as the female Maria. That said, I will definitely support another Alameda Civic Light Opera performance. Very ambitious for the small enterprise it is.