A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Go see U Memphis' Hansel and Gretel

Oh. I think it's sold out. Well, anyway, University of Memphis has put on a splendid Hansel and Gretel last night. Copeland Woodruff's contemporary setting--a collection of abandoned places like freeway underpasses and old warehouses--is really the star of this show. There were continual splashes of creativity--great use of large sheets of plastic to delineate space, shiny lunch boxes to tempt the children instead of gumdrops and candy canes. Since they took so much liberty with it, I wish they had gone ahead and changed the sung-in-english text from words like "strawberry" and "forest" to "walmart" and "subway," but that's a minor quibble.

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