You may want to read the review of the Signature production in DCTheatreScene by Susan Galbraith
Susan wrote in her review, “Signature Theatre and its own “Scottsboro boys” have given us a musical for our times. Smart. Searing. Dangerous. Funny. Provocative.” But before you weigh in on agreeing or not with her assessment, maybe you could help us unpack what were there the original writers, the members of the creative team, and the performers trying to do with this musical?
A reflection on any of these questions would be appreciated.
- Why might have Kander and Ebb chosen a minstrelsy show to tell the story, and do their choices answer convincingly the question – “Who gets to tell the story?”
- What are we to make of performances led by Chaz Alexander Coffin (Mr. Tambo) and Stephen Scott Wormley (Mr. Bones) of the troupe of minstrels, and in particular the stereotypes they portray?
- Why does director Joe Calarco have The Lady, played by Felicia Curry, standing or sitting virtually throughout the show between the stage action and the audience?
- And evaluatively, where should we draw the line between enjoying Jared Grimes’ choreography as “high sexy entertainment” and the dark subjects portrayed?
- What do the scenic elements of the theater “Doll House” and the revolving proscenium arch add to the show? or do they distract?