Dreaming in Color: An Original Musical About Blindness
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The last date listed for Dreaming in Color was Sunday July 14, 2013 / 3:00pm.
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Featured review from Eric G.
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This is a hard one to review, because it's not just a theatrical performance, it's practically a therapy session for the blind--and for all of us. The theatrical values per se frankly don't amount to much, so no one should go expecting much by way of razzle and dazzle. Rather, it's a young blind girl's coming-of-age story, getting adjusted to her newly acquired total blindness, overcoming obstacles of both the physical and the psychological nature, and looking forward to a hopeful, productive, creative, integrated future under revised circumstances. The acting is overall utilitarian, although I'd single out Bird, the character who plays the girl's instructor, and of course the actor/singer and playwright Caitlin Hernandez herself, who is onstage the whole time and goes at it with enormous pluck and determination. The reason I give this only a 3 out of 5 is that I know this play will not be for everyone. I happened to see it with a friend who similarly just went totally blind (in his late 40s), and it reflected many of the same issues he had to deal with: How to pick yourself up after such a devastating loss, and make life worth living again. Because of the focus on the immediate issues at hand, the play didn't get into other ones one might expect in the theater, like romantic attachment and sexuality (how habituated we've become now to expecting this in the theater!), so in the end the play comes across as earnest, well-meaning, positive, upbeat, oozing with "message," something you'd hope might uplift someone who is down in the dumps about one thing or another. Perhaps in a follow-up play in a few years, the same author will come back around to give us a glance at what a mature, adult blind person's life is like now. This company is apparently the only one in the country with a focus on giving blind actors an opportunity to show what they can do. Part charity, part curiosity, part lesson, and if you need it (and we all may now or soon), an inspiration and encouragement to look life in the eye with a little more can-do spirit, worth experiencing for yourself.
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I took my husband and daughter (who has her own challenges) to see this musical play thinking that it would help to see someone else overcome disability--but we had no idea that we'd all enjoy it so much! The acting, singing, staging and story are...continued