Live Music and Theater Riff on Black Dahlia Murder Theory
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The last date listed for The Chanteuse and The Devil's Muse was Saturday September 17, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Miyuki Nakashima
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Would've been nice if it was a little longer. I didn't care for the smoking in the play since I do have asthma. Wish they would've disclosed that here. Maybe they should switch to those smokeless battery operated cigarettes instead to take in consideration those with asthma, copd. There were 2-3 songs that were WAY TOO LOUD and my ears were hurting big time! The lead actress was GREAT and she can sing too!
The play overall was good but it was too short.
From LA Stage Times:
Interspersing scenes of a police interrogation, David J’s newer multi-media and multi-discipline play features some instrumental music as well as a song cycle that is poetically and thematically related to form a unified work. In this theatrical staging, the music works as a framework around which another related story is interwoven, that of torch singer Madi Comfort.
The genesis of this play is the Black Dahlia song cycle that David J originally composed, in collaboration with musician Ego Plum, for an independent feature film, The Devil’s Muse, in 2007. Explains the artist, “I was approached by the director of that film, Ramzi Abed, who wanted me to write some new music for an experimental movie. He said his was a very surreal treatment of the Black Dahlia mystery. I was familiar with that murder case, but not overly so. When I started to research it, it really caught fire and I started writing these songs, one after the other, just tumbling out of my subconscious. I became obsessed with it. I wrote all the music without seeing the film.”
Read the full interview with David J here.