March 18th, 2014

btvs - xander puppetangel: awmp

Spectacle vs Substance

We are having a little bit later start this morning. I'd like to blame the kids, but no, it was me and Craig sleeping in. And not wanting to walk anymore, lol. I wore heels out to dinner last night, but then we walked down the strip from the Paris to the Mirage for the show, and both Alex and I were in agony. He didn't try his dress shoes on before we left, and they're a smidge too small for him. I've given him all my blessings in wearing his tennis shoes tonight. I had brought really cute wedge heels, but they were insanely high and after two cocktails and a port at dinner, I wasn't in the best headspace for the walk down to the show.

As for Love...I have mixed feelings. It's technically really well done. The staging is clever, the costumes stunning, and the music is (understandably) fantastic. I loved that the speakers were in the headrest of the seats without being obnoxious about it. What didn't work for me was as much was just how *busy* the show is. I was fine that it was mostly interpretive dance rather than a lot of acrobatics, but it's very much focused on the spectacle and cramming as much into the space as it possibly can, so much so that it's impossible to know where to look. It's like one long hallucination. The best moments were those that were allowed to be more intimate, but they were just too few and far between.

It comes down to spectacle versus substance for me. Too much of the former and not nearly enough of the latter. I'm not a big fan of grandiose or being different for the sake of being different. Phantom of the Opera is another example of this. I do like a lot of the music, but too much of the show feels superfluous and shallow. I get into arguments with other theater friends all the time because they rate it so highly and I just don't. Give me Les Miserables and almost anything by Sondheim instead, please.

Tonight is Penn & Teller. Thank god I've seen this one before so I know I'm going to love it.