RE:Washington Irving Updated
Like "Nevermore", "The Hollow" borrows from American literature to create a new and exciting musical. I thought there was a problem with the sound in the opening number on the night I saw it, but this problem cleared up. The show is slow to establish the narrative but once one understands that this is not a retelling of the Irving story and the direction clears, it becomes an exciting production. The set evokes the wilderness and isolation of Sleepy Hollow and lighting adds a true, Gothic element amid the human love story of Icabod and Katrina - developed here - unlike in the Irving story. The musical also comments on the close mindedness of a conservative, Bible thumping community - a comment on todays right wing groups? And Im wondering if Matt is also bringing into play some autobiographical elements from his Stephens City/ Middletown, VA days. Just a thought. After reading Peter Marks W. Post review, I was all set to "hate" this. But what a surprise - the show turned out, at least in my eyes, to be a provocative and entertaining experience. Bravo, Matt!
The Hollow on Wednesday, Sep 28th, 2011
I saw the show at the Kennedy Center. It was great and the performances although Ms. Peters was not up to par were excellent. Great music. Great staging - and we love Eric Schaeffer in Arlington, VA. I understand there have been some changes - the controversial red dress of Sally, for example - but I cant imagine anyone panning this show - its a classic and this production does it justice. No, it cant be the original and all its glory - but it is glorious in its own right. So go see it and keep the house filled so it will be recent in the Tony nominators minds!
Follies on Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2011