TheatreWorks’ musical Earnest fun but unnecessary

Apr 07

TheatreWorks’ musical <i>Earnest</i> fun but unnecessary

In addition to some terrific songs and a perennial reason to scream at Dover to "move yer bloomin' ass," My Fair Lady has left an interesting legacy in the form a highly raised bar to which all classic plays turned into musicals must aspire. Most composers have all but given up trying to transform an already great play into an even better musical and instead turn to movies as grist for the musical mill.

But Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska are still aiming toward the Shavian/Lerner and Loeweian heights. Quite courageously, they have turned Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest into a musical. Being Earnest, their transformed work, is having its world premiere courtesy of TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

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The long, long legs of Daddy Long Legs

Jan 31


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`Emma’ still singing

Apr 17

Paul Gordon’s musical version of Emma, which Bay Area audiences turned into TheatreWorks’ highest-grossing production in its 38-year history, continues its merry matchmaking. Cincinnati Playhouse and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis are co-producing Emma, and TheatreWorks founding artistic director, Robert Kelley will be at the helm, just as he was for...

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2007 theater Top 10

Dec 27

I can always tell whether a theater year has been good or not so good when I sit down to hammer out my Top 10 list. If I can summon five or more shows simply from memory, it’s a good year. This year’s entire list came almost entirely from memory (which is a feat in itself as the old noggin’ ain’t what it used to be), so it was a good year...

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Review: `Emma’

Aug 26

Opened Aug. 25 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts TheatreWorks’ Emma charms, delights in world premiere musical adaptation three [1/2] stars A match well made Oh the pain of being an eligible bachelor in a Jane Austen novel. All the single women claw at you like cats at a scratching post, and everyone in the county is up in your business like...

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Making `Emma’ sing

Aug 24

Here’s how Jane Austen describes the title character of her novel Emma: Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence, and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. Austen goes on to mention, in a nice way, that...

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