The Ensemble Theatre is going through a transformative period right now, they've launched a new website and the facade has been painted. Gone are the faux marble columns and period paint in exchange for a very clean and modern look.
To help get the word out they invited Ms.5chw4r7z and I out to opening night of Life Could Be a Dream.
I hate it and cringe when a review begins with the line, I'm not a fan of..(insert your favorite genre here) but I have no choice in this review of the Ensemble Theatre's newest show Life Could Be a Dream but to admit that I'm not a fan of musicals and 60's music.
Ms. 5chw4r7z, who does love this stuff assured me the show was very good, so I'll just add that from a technical point of view, the actors were all talented singers. The stage did a creative interpretation of Denny's mother's basement. Everyone but me was having a good time so I'd say if you like these types of shows, most likely you'll like this one too.
An empty theater is a promise unfulfilled ~ unknown
Sitting for two hours through an awkward (for me) musical lead my mind to random and not so random thoughts on the current and future state of the stage. The first thing is the subject itself. Sixties music. It attracts to an older segment of the population that actually spends money on the arts. It puts butts in seats, I get it and understand but it seems short-sighted. The vast majority of the audience was old, they all had a good 20 or so years on me and ok, there was a small amount of people younger than me in attendance, and they laughed and enjoyed the show, but what happens in 20 years? No way 30 or 40 people support the Ensemble. I know there are smaller stages out there taking risks, is that the key I'm missing, they are small? Will there be consolidation down the road or will the theaters relying on equity actors become a thing of the past?
One more thing bothering me and I wonder if its because of this PC era where everyone gets a gold star just for showing up.
The past five or six shows I've attended have received a standing O. So now how do we acknowledge a truly moving performance?
One thing I do know for certain, The Lackman is only a block away and the beer is cold the wine sweet and the company delicious.