Saturday August 17, 2013 / 8:00pmSalomé
How was your experience?
The play just doesn't work. The Strauss work inspired by the play works because opera requires the kind of suspension of disbelief that is necessary to accept the premise of the play. No matter how accurately Wilde may be in his depiction of the depravity of the court of Herod, this modern audience member finds all the palace silliness more than a bit over the top, unless it's all depicted in that heightened and completely unreal environment of the opera house. Some of the acting was quite good, but the director's choices were poor at best, accenting the archness of the piece at times, but then opting to move back to a realistic style. It seemed the director conceived the piece in a cinematic style that could not be supported by the limited capabilities of his/her troupe and the spare resources offered him by the theater's space. The night I saw the piece, and audience member walked into the set and broke a fluorescent bulb as he wandered to his uncomfortable, folding-chair. That seemed to set the tone for the evening's entertainment.