Friday March 14, 2014 / 7:30pmMan of La Mancha
How was your experience?
Man of La Mancha is a wonderful play that has not been done in far too many years. Unfortunately, in this particular production, the cast and/or director seemed to have no in interest in touching the emotional highs and lows that are inherent in La Mancha and instead came across as lethargic, slapstick, and simply "saying the lines". If singing "The Impossible Dream" doesn't bring chills to any audience there's something sorely missing; like vocal depth, projection, and emotion! Sadly, there were no chills. Some of the songs were beautifully done, like "Yellow Bird" and "To Each his Dulcinea", but the others were average. The fight scene was a joke and even the death scene was anti-climactic. In both, the lead character appeared to be a very old man unable to perform to the level expected of an ageless and vibrant Don Quixote. The highlight of the production was the Padre character. This actor seemed to be the only one emotionally invested in his character and was excellent. In addition, his voice had a power, emotion, and projection that would have been far more suited to playing the lead. It's hard to rescue the production from the Padre character position. He didn't, but he sure did his best. I saw this production while visiting Baltimore and I certainly hope that the poor quality of this production was not an unprofessional mindset of a touring company doing an "old" (others might call it timeless) play in a non-glamour city to a non-glamour audience. If that were to be true, the lack of professional investment showed disrespect to a wonderful play and to the City of Baltimore. My hope is that this was simply a bad production of "Man of La Mancha".