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Rejoice!
a Gospel Musical
CATEGORY :
by Cheryl L. West

COMPANY : True Colors Theatre Company
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 1687

SHOWING : July 14, 2006 - July 30, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Family Tensions highlight this moving Gospel Musical about traditional versus modern forms of Gospel Music.


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Not My Cup of Tea
by Dedalus
Monday, July 31, 2006
NR
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t “review” a production that I leave before intermission, since it’s not really fair to judge portions of a play. In this case however, there are two things I want to talk about. And, since the play has closed, I can’t really discourage you from seeing it, which is something I hope I wouldn’t do anyway.

The first thing I want to talk about is really a rant. Why do people think they can arrive for a play any time they want? For “Rejoice!”, I literally missed the first half hour because I was seating latecomers. My favorite was the lady who arrived at 8:20, insisted I crawl over 20 people to check the tickets of the people in her “seat,” then do it again when her date arrived from “parking the car.” It turned out they were there on the wrong night, in addition to being 20 minutes late. And I didn’t even get an apology. (Good thing I had the sense to check her tickets closely before doing any crawling.) It’s to the Alliance’s credit that, even though the house was sold out with Standing Room tickets sold, the House Manager offered to find them seats in the balcony. But that wasn’t good enough, and they still blamed us for their mistake. Patrons! Can’t Yell at ‘em, Can’t Trade ‘em in for the parts!

As to the play itself, once I started watching it, it didn’t take me long to realize it wasn’t “my cup of tea.” This was not because it did anything wrong or badly. I just have no taste for some kinds of gospel music. Sometimes, a show will put forth a pseudogospel number (think “Ragtime” or even “Hairspray”) that is truly wonderful. But a whole evening of it is just not for me. I was sorta kinda looking forward to this, since I loved playwright Cheryl West’s “Play On!,” which set Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in 1920’s Harlem with music by Duke Ellington. The difference is that I really really like Ellington and I really really like Shakespeare, and combining the two was almost like a wet dream for me. Here, I found no common ground with the characters and I felt the musical numbers were nice but forgettable. I won’t say anything about the acting, because any performance viewed for the short period of time I stayed would be incomplete, and it is unfair of me to judge them based on the “excerpt” I saw.

So, a question to ask is this – at what point do you leave a show and for what reason? I’ve walked out on plays that were just bad, on productions that were just bad, and on shows (like this) that I probably never should have gone to in the first place. (“Godspell” is another show I have never been able to sit through for personal reasons). Someone should start a forum on this!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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Try a Different Flavor of Tea by Cavendish
The reasons you listed, Ded, are perfectly valid in my book. The bottom line is it's your money (or volunteer time) and you have the right to stay or leave. You also have the right to arrive late and I, as a theater owner, have the right to deny you entrance until intermission. I wish all theaters would strictly enforce this rule. Late arrivals seems to have become a bigger problem in recent years. It's another symptom of the social breakdown in our society. It's a generational hand-me-down, manners are, just like honesty and other values in general. I'm entitled and I always have an excuse.


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