Great show. I wasn't familiar with Thoreau but found it to be very entertaining. Great job Throughline Theatre!
Is there something wrong with putting things onto film? Does that make them less worthy? Or is it just the lack of dancing that robs films like Star Trek of all creativity? Then again, it's not like films have lighting design, sets, costumes, makeup, writers, actors.... oh, wait.
I suppose I understand your dismay at the lack of visible human talent in a SFX-laden film such as Star Trek versus the attention-grabbing tap dancing ensemble of 42nd street. Somehow "recreating" choreography seems about as creative to me as designing explosions and spaceships. "Geeks writing computer code don't count?" Sorry your definition of "creative" doesn't include anything besides tap-dancing. Can you just review the show and not take digs at anything you don't deem worthy of being compared with musical theater?
Next time you direct a show at the Public, do it without the light boards programmed by those "geeks" and see how you feel then.
There's no denying that the dancing of 42nd Street is captivating, and as a live production, it is more enchanting than movie special effects. But there are tactful (and less ignorant) ways you could have said so, without claiming the entire film industry is devoid of creativity.
I would be very wary of this review...
This play was produced off-Broadway in NYC last year. The New York Times reviewer had a very different take on the show http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/theater/reviews/miracle-on-south-division-street-at-st-lukes-theater.html?_r=0
Interestingly enough, the New York Times also loved "Over The Tavern" http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/nyregion/23theaterwe.html?gwh=D85A45FACFDC660722219DEAF60AC398
Arcade is the best! If I didn't have a stupid baby, I'd be there all the time. I mean, I love my baby and all... but, she's keeping me from all the fun.
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