Lizzie The Musical (review)

Lizzie The Musical (review)
Lizzie The Musical (review)
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THE PLAY: The story of Lizzie Borden, who “whacked” her father and stepmother, is put to a rock score (with a sprinkling of dialogue).

 

THE PRODUCTION: This quartet of women goes all out with their over-the-top intensity and scream singing. (There are also 2 women who are more stage hands than backup singers.) If this wasn’t already a legend, the plot would be lost in the first act. Act Two seems tighter and more focused. Still, the whole thing is loud and surly with songs that are generic punk. Director Keith Fitzgerald has encouraged the cast’s intense smoldering angst, but it feels ragged (and not in a good way). There’s no logic behind the hand-held mics, since the actors are already wired (guess it’s an attempt to be rock n roll). Fortunately, the kick-ass band (under the direction of Starlet Knight) provides strong musical support. Vinnie Gonzalez usually comes up with artistic approaches, but this set is a messy assemblage of platforms and equipment cases with drips of blood. On the other hand, Alex Valentin’s color-coded, punked-up period frocks are the best aspect of the show. Erin Barclay’s lights work hard and Joey Luck’s sound design is largely audible. Running time: 1:40

 

THE POINT: There’s lots of racket and rage, but the music isn’t memorable, the script is weak and s-punky production lacks impact.

 

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

A 5th Wall production at TheatreLab thru 11/3

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Up front: Michaela Nicole, Rachael Marrs, Rachel Rose Gilmour, Anne Michelle Forbes (Phtos by Tom Topinka)

2 Comments

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    • Of course, as a videographer myself, I was constantly looking for the camera placement, esp. since they weren’t supposed to be there on the final ascent. And, no, I meant it the way written. Meaning, if ur OK with the foto, then u may have too strong a stomach for this movie to terrify you.

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