cousin lana and i were back at UE this afternoon for the musical “the mystery of edwin drood”. it was monty-pythonesque and we laughed all the way through. if i had to criticize, and i think critics are supposed to, the sound (again) was off for a rather important person, rosa bud. missing dialogue due to sound problems during the last performance of the show makes one wonder: didn’t anybody else notice..? UE always impresses, though. the roles of princess puffer and john jasper were particularly well-done and the “chairman” was hilarious.
rupert holmes’ play-within-a-play was originally staged in 1986 or something like that and it won a lot of tonys, but none of the songs got stuck in my head or made me want to download it.
one of the best parts of the performance was the choreography, and i thought that even before i noticed who the choreographer was… you guessed, ricki smith newman. she has such tremendous talent and has shared it with so many young artists (and old ones, too, i suppose)…evansville productions would have been so much less without her. someone should do a tribute to her…!
i started to take cousin ronna along, but got a late start after church. hey, ronna, we’ll take you to our christmas outing, for sure…