Bed and Sofa: Comic Musical Based on Silent Movie
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The last date listed for Bed and Sofa was Sunday May 31, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Glen DavisRed Velvet
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Really interesting work here; great sets, superb voices, a difficult piece of acting and direction in that the actors had to make it engaging to a modern audience while preserving the format of the period...and incorporating the elements of the early filmmakers. Fascinating concept of a play done in black and white, with a "Wizard of Oz" twist towards the end. Beyond that would be a spoiler...see for yourself. Younger audiences may not be appropriate for the adult theme, and I don't know that they would "get" the whole concept of the format, but older and especially senior audiences will love the romance and nostalgia of the piece.
The idea of taking an early Russian "talkie" to the stage caught my interest and the story line is in keeping with that time period, though the theme is still valid in our times.
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We really enjoyed this show. It was very cleverly put together. The acting was terrific as was the singing and we found ourselves amazed that this was actually a silent movie at one time and made in Russia!!!
Too bad it is over. I would've...continued
In Moscow, in 1926, a housing crisis rages. In a cramped apartment, Ludmilla, a put-upon housewife, lives in dreamy complacency with her cheerful despot of a husband, Kolya. One day, Kolya’s handsome comrade, Volodya, arrives from the country, but can find no lodgings, Kolya offers him their sofa. When Kolya returns early from a business trip, he is shocked to discover that Ludmilla and Volodya have become lovers. Kolya moves out, but there is still nowhere to live, so he reluctantly returns, now HE takes the sofa, leaving Ludmilla and Volodya the bed. The love triangle plays out as finally Ludmilla leaves the two alone for an exciting and unknown future free from them both. Kolya and Volodya are left to decide who gets the bed and who takes the sofa.
Cygnet’s original production in 2004 was the winner of 8 San Diego theatre awards, including a San Diego Critics Award for Outstanding Musical Revival and a Patte Award for Outstanding Production.