Monday, November 06, 2006

Everything you need to know about Twyla Tharp's The Times They Are A-Changin'.

  1. Tharp has taken Bob Dylan's musical catalogue and turned it into a Broadway show.

  2. Joan Acocella, in the pages of The New Yorker (11/6/2006), summarizes it thusly:
    In [Tharp's] show, the owner and ringmaster of the circus is Captain Ahrab (Thom Sesma), an evil tyrant who abuses his innocent son, Coyote (Michael Arden); his kind, worse-for-the-wear girlfriend, Cleo (Lisa Brescia); and everyone else in his vicinity—namely, six Pierrot-like clowns and Cleo’s dog, whom he eventually garrotes. Then the times, they change. Coyote pairs off with Cleo, and the clowns kill Ahrab. (Or I think he died—it was hard to tell, because the scene was lit only by flashlights, but he didn’t reappear after that.) Coyote takes over the circus, which now becomes a democratic organization: everyone gets ringmaster wear. They all sing “Forever Young,” and the curtain comes down.

That is all.


At 11:39 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

That actually sounds better than a Bob Dylan concert.

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

Having one's balls repeatedly stepped on while being raped in your ear sounds better than a Bob Dylan concert.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Why am I friends with you two? Oh wait, that's right, I'm not.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Shows what you know. I've:
(a) Had my balls repeatedly stepped on while being raped in (both) ears.

(b) been to a Bob Dylan concert.

That first one...yeah, it's way worse than wading your way through an unintelligible rendition of "Tangled up in Blue" only catching on right at...BLUUUUUUUUUE. Trust me.


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