Sunday, January 27, 2008
I am taking a class on stage musicals this semester, and while it is filled with stage people that are obsessed with "Phantom of the Opera", it is also fun. The first day of class I was shocked by the sight of our TA, who was sporting a mustache that would make Wyatt Earp proud. I assumed he was just A Character, he was also wearing a vest and at least five clunky silver rings, but the professor told us he was playing John Wilkes Booth in a campus production of the Sondheim musical ASSASSINS. Since we have to attend a certain number of live performances for the class, and we go to Geneseo and there is nothing better to do on a Friday night, Clarence and I decided to check it out. I had low expectations, but live theater is fun. The show was in the blackbox theater, which closely resembles the Irish Classical Theater in Buffalo, it's small and intimate, and since we got there late we were in the front row. Since the show doesn't have any sort of solid plot, I've been having a hard time describing it to people who want to know what it was about, but I still enjoyed it. I had only heard of two of the assassins, Squeaky Fromme and of course John Wilkes Booth, but the program gave a short history of every character. They weren't made to seem heroic, they were all clearly crazy, but I liked Leon Czolgosz because he was handsome and had a Polish accent, and I felt sorry for Giuseppe Zangara because he was so unhappy and had a permanent stomach ache. That would really suck. I liked the songs, and I was excited that I could find them on Ruckus. Overall it was a good time, but I hated the constant shooting of the stage guns, I jumped every time. They did a great job though, and the a capella/comedy group NARD was in it, so that was great. Plus, I saw my TA in the dining hall today and he still had his mustache. Personally, I hope he keeps it.