Friday, July 13, 2012
swimming with neil simon
The summer plays on the two main Guthrie Theater stages tend to be crowd-pleasers: Currently on the Proscenium stage is the newly musicalized Roman Holiday (see my June 22nd post, "me, a member of the press?") and on the Thrust stage is the early-'70s Neil Simon comedy, The Sunshine Boys.
A couple nights ago, Mary and I saw Sunshine Boys, and it's a show that is enjoyable from beginning to end, thanks to actors that seem made for their roles -- in particular, Peter Michael Goetz as the crotchety king-of-one-liners, Willy Clark. The show is there until September 2nd -- see it if you can.. You need a good laugh.
Then, last night, for a totally different experience, we had tickets to a mostly dance program up in the much smaller Dowling Theater, a performance called Swimming With My Mother, featuring a dancer with his 78-year-old mother, in sort of a synchronized swim/dance. Hard to explain. We liked parts of it, not sure that we really got it. The sound system needs some improvement for this show -- the guy's lines were very muffled. If we knew what he was saying, we probably would have gotten more out of the story.