Curtains, a Play within a Play, from Drury Lane Theatre
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The last date listed for Curtains was Sunday May 17, 2009 / 6:00pm (Closing Night).
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Featured review from John Danovich
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This was my first show at Drury Lane Theatre, and I was impressed with the theater. Having just come back from New York, the Drury Lane is opposite of most NY theaters in that the seat is very narrow but the leg room is very good. Most NY theaters have wider seats but no leg room.
I saw Curtains in NYC last year and the Drury Lane version compares favorably. There were a couple of scenery choices that they made that were different, but overall a very good show.
The numbers were staged well, and the sound is very good to loud on occasion.
I would recommend this show to anyone - good songs, some quality performers and very good staging.
Minor points that bugged me:
The use of a fog machine to give a smoky appearance was totally without any merit. It got in the way of the performance.
Same with the "smoking" on stage, which they very carefully pointed out was not "real". There was no point in having it at all as it does not affect the show in any way.
The two main female leads were the weakest part of the cast. Especially the woman playing Carmen Bernstein. She seemed determined to get through her lines as quickly as possible, and her rapid rate of delivery left many of her lines unfunny and hard to comprehend. The woman playing Georgia Hendrick was serviceable in the role, but nothing to write home about. Considering that they are the second and third most important roles in the show, these performances should have been better.
The use of a special lighting spot that gives the impression of a window on the stage unfortunately also gives the stage some dark spots which several of the actors found with alarming regularity. It was very disconcerting to see someone singing a solo with their body well lit and their face in shadow.
The good parts:
The set was very good, and matched up well with the NY production. I was impressed with their look and the changes went very well.
The orchestra was very good, although to tell the truth, I couldn't tell if it was live or recorded. It was put through the speaker system so I couldn't hear any "live" sound from the pit.
Costumes were excellent.
The lead, playing Lt. Frank Cioffi, was wonderful. Very good singing voice, and excellent delivery. Very good comedic timing. His Boston accent was well affected, and he seemed to be really enjoying the role.
One last note: At the end of the show, some of the patrons in the theater bolted out of the their seats to get to their car as soon as possible. How rude. It was not only rude to the performers, but to the other people in attendance, as we are trying to enjoy the show, give our appreciation for a job well done, and some others are pushing their way down the aisle to get out of the parking lot first. I wish I could say it was only one couple but there were many doing this. The Drury Lane theater is not that difficult to get out of, you can wait another two minutes, unless you truly couldn't stand the show, in which case you should have left sooner and saved us all the trouble.
A “play within a play”, _Curtains _takes place at Boston’s Colonial Theatre in 1959. It’s the opening night of “Robin’ Hood of the Old West” and this new musical could be a smash hit, if it weren’t for the show’s incredibly untalented leading lady. When she is murdered during the curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi is summoned to conduct an investigation. The lure of the theater soon becomes irresistible to the stage-struck detective and he finds himself just as dedicated to making the show a hit, as to solving the murder.