Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rip - Dovetail Theatre Company

"The lads and I are going to sing you a really epic rock and roll song."

Fleeing an overbearing wife, dull job, and a town consumed by McCarthyism, Rip Van Winkle falls asleep for 60 years dreaming of adventure with a Rock n' Roll star. A new musical adaptation of the classic text.

Yes, another musical, this time a modernized version of the tale of Rip Van Winkle. The brains behind Dovetail are Kara Davidson (who I saw last Fringe in Red Hamlet, and recently in a lovely production of The Three Sisters) and David Darrow (who blew the roof off this same venue in the musical version of Spring Awakening, and was one of the leads in the completely bewitching romantic comedy Beautiful Thing, both just in the last six months). Kara and David shared directing duties on Dovetail's production of Leonce and Lena last fall - sharp staging that refreshed an old and quirky text. An image that still sticks with me is the stage being strewn with paper flowers, and cleaned up by two royal youngsters on the run who have to be taught how a broom works. All this goes by way of saying I'd probably follow Dovetail anywhere. Judging by audience response to this preview, I'm not alone. A fun ensemble, a playful sense of humor, nice singing, goofy accents, should be a lively 45 minutes.

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