Monday, March 12, 2012
Monday review - Chelsea Hotel
Over the years I've seen cutting edge theatre in the round, exciting and entertaining musicals, original plays, and plays transformed from great Canadian literature - I've never yet been disappointed and I wasn't disappointed the other night.
But a friend had two free tickets and I'm glad we went.
I loved the way there were no spoken words, only songs sung to tell a story of a man, a writer, in the Chelsea Hotel. I liked the cast, the way they worked together, the way they convinced me they were in a rundown hotel, living lives on the edge. I liked the set, very simple, the way they used paper to convey the thousands of pieces of paper a writer throws away before there's one he keeps.
It was fun to listen to the way they turned the songs into a coherent story - and the way they made connections between songs I wouldn't have connected. So I'm going to forgive them for not being Leonard, but thank them for praising him.