'My Fair Lady' — Reprise
Posted December 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm
by June LeBell« back to blog main page
We went back to see “My Fair Lady” with the wonderful Asolo cast today. I reviewed it from the opening night preview (something I’d never do except that it was so good, I just couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it: www.YourObserver.com) and we were curious to see if it got better — or worse — after playing for a while.
I didn’t think it could get better, but it did.
Everyone in the cast seems to be more relaxed and into his or her part.
The audience at this matinee, however, was unbelievable.
First, there were the matinee ladies in the bathroom during intermission. I heard: “Isn’t it cute!” Cute? “My Fair Lady” is “cute”? Then some woman said, “Gee, where did they find all those talented people from around here?”
That did it. Never one to be closed mouthed, I turned to her and said, “They’re professionals. It’s an Equity performance. Look at your program.”
But the whopper came in the second act when Higgins was at his most chauvinistic, Victorian-era, confirmed-bachelor mode, telling off Eliza after the ball, and some lady from the back of the theater said, “Oh, my goodness!” and the entire audience broke up.
All the action on stage came to a stand still. Then, after a long minute of audience gut-wrenching laughter, Higgins and Eliza just picked up where they’d left off, mid-fury, no banter, no break, no notice and the play played on.
I’m sure it will bring them many moments of great stories to tell their grandkids down the line. But, for today, it made a performance to remember.
Currently 0 Responses
Commission delays decision on pet ordinance
Sarasota County commissioners delay advertisement of a public hearing for an ordinance banning the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits.
Citizens speak out in support of Payne Park Auditorium
At a community workshop Monday, city staff and residents discussed the future of Payne Park, with several speakers encouraging the city to find a way to preserve the park’s auditorium.
PHOTO GALLERY: Longboat Key Democratic Club
The Longboat Key Democratic Club assembled Tuesday, Dec. 10, for their monthly meeting at the Harbourside Clubhouse.
Colony owners oppose teardown
Town Manager Dave Bullock suggests Colony structures be torn down as a condition to the property keeping the grandfathered tourism units on the site.
10 Cooking Class: 'Tis the Season
10 Hollywood Glam Party
7:45 pm - 6:00 am
10 Hollywood Glam Party
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
11 FASS Celebrate the Arts Luncheon honoring Howard Millman
11 "American Troubador" Bill Schustik in a Munchtime Musicales Performance
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
11 Let it Snow
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12 La Leche League/Breastfeeding Support
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
12 Oil Painting Masterclass with James Griffin
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm