Thursday February 14, 2013 / 8:00pmSpring Awakening
Assigned at Box Office
How was your experience?
I think the singing was great and the storyline was powerful, but this rendition left me wanting a bit more. I think the choreography was meant to portray teenage angst and the "rock" feel, similar to Rent, but somehow, with this cast, it felt a little too mechanical for me. The topics address in this musical is an important one, and as progressive as our society is today, felt that is was still relevant. However, it's possible that the author tried to address too many issues at the expense of character development. It was hard for me to really feel invested in the story. Finally, it was a bit confusing to see one actor playing several characters. I think the problem was that the characters couldn't be distinguished very well. I have seen one man plays where he plays several characters and it was beautifully executed. He made it believable because he changed his body, his voice, and his look between characters. In Spring Awakening, that was not the case. Overall, I felt that Olney Theater did a nice job with a difficult musical, but there were definitely pieces that were missing, both in the performance, and in the story itself.