I saw Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Delacorte two Sundays ago after I found out my friend Steve was able to get an extra ticket for me. I missed out on Comedy of Errors, sadly, but I was stoked to see this one especially because Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman were behind the score. Oh, and did I mention that it was an hour-forty with no intermission? Lastly: the cast seemed pretty kick-ass.
All of this was an equation for an awesome show.
Well, it had it’s moments. I would prefer to listen to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson any day (as I don’t remember any of Love’s score). The set was beautiful, the band was great (I love that the conductor was occasionally part of the cast), and the cast was pretty kick-ass.
I really enjoyed the performances that Patti Murin, Daniel Breaker, and Kevin Del Aguila gave. I thought it was really awesome to see Rory Thayer (the red head from the movie Accepted) onstage too.
So I’ve seen better at the Delacorte, but I’ve also certainly seen worse.
The Performers had their final performance last night – the first of this seasons new plays to bite the dust. It began previews on October 23rd and had just opened on November 14th. Ouch.
My friend Kate had an extra ticket to the closing performance, and because it was a 90 minute show with a 7pm curtain, I said of course. I’d heard that it was funny – for the entire 90 minutes.
And it was. The entire time it was funny… at times, hysterically funny. It was about a few porn stars and a journalist and his fiancee. Would it have been better staged at a smaller space such as New World Stages? Yes, for sure. The Performers was not going to find an audience that would pay $125/ticket, even with stars.
The Performers was comprised of Broadway-famous names like Cheyenne Jackson, Daniel Breaker, and Ari Graynor, and universally-famous names like Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler. And one lesser known actress, Jenni Barber.
Everyone onstage did a great job. They each made me laugh loudly. Ari Graynor probably worked the hardest though as her character was the most out-there.
The Performers was hilarious and had a good message (learn to appreciate what you have, more or less), but it wasn’t meant for the great white way.