Monday, March 24, 2008

Theater review: Third

My wife and I have season tickets at the Guthrie Theater. I love having them, we get the same seats for each show. I love the seats they are perfect for getting to the bars at the intermission and after the show. Pro Tip: after your show, go to the bar and have a glass of wine or coffee, you'll avoid the traffic congestion in the parking lots.
Despite my initial reservations for going I have to say that all of the shows exceeded my expectations.
The latest show we saw is Third. It's a humorous play about a liberal English professor, Laurie Jameson, who is troubled by a student who fits her ideal of all things Republican. Woodson Bull the Third, hence the name, fits her image of a young George W. Bush/Donald Rumsfeld type: white, straight, athletic, and cheerful. He also is a good student. Too good for her to believe, so she accuses him of plagiarism.
The dialogue is fantastically funny. There were some great laughs for most of the play. They did a good job keeping the funny coming. Word of warning, there are a few bombs dropped in the play, if you're offended by profanity, well I would advise against your seeing the play. Also, you should really question why profanity offends you, seriously. Not something to bring the young kids to. Also, if you consider taking small children to a stage theater for anything but a kids show, you should also rethink what you are doing.
As a white, straight, athletically inclined, happy male from a conservative house who happened to get an English degree I could relate to the play. Laurie Jameson's interpretations of King Lear reminded me of my Shakespeare class under Miriam Gilbert--the Shakespeare not the interpretation. I would love to hear her reaction to Third, I think she'd laugh like crazy through it.
The acting was excellent per usual. I enjoyed the set. It was a bare stage, for each scene the set furniture seemingly would glide onto the stage without a visible means of locomotion. The set walls had images projected on them. Between scenes, there was an enjoyable set of remakes of songs from the 60s and 70s. My favorite was a string quartet playing Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze.
Overall, I thought the play was thoroughly enjoyable. My wife thought the ending was a little too clean for her taste

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