Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Made my first trip to the new (to me) Guthrie Theater last night for the preview performance of their new play God of Carnage. The show, set in one solid 90 minute block, was a drama featuring two couples coming together to talk about a fight their sons had engaged in during school. During the course of the conversation, demons are revealed and couples were split as a playground fight seemed to unearth problems that may not have been expected when the discussion began. There was the usual man vs women, tough vs weak, passive vs aggressive, but one of the downsides of the play was their avoidance of issues that I thought they would dive into. Their were racially charged words and homophobic statements, but from the preview I was suspecting these deeper subjects would be examined with closer attention. Instead the arguments centered more around the emotionless husband who killed the hamster and the workaholic, emotionless husband whose cell phone was more important than his sick wife. The arguemtns were real and visceral (and, to their credit quite funny), but they seemed, at least to me, very surface level.
While I wished they would have touched, or at least reached for, that third rail in a somewhat more direct fashion, the dialogue as presented was brisk and entertaining. The 90 minutes flew by and the four characters were equally funny, provoking, emotional and versatile. With such a small cast you had a chance to watch the performers idiosyncrasies and see how their performance, both when they were in the spotlight and when they were off on the side using more non verbal cues, really involved them pushing themselves to explore these broken, fragile and complex characters.
The best part about the play, to me, was that it felt slightly like a exaggeration on a real life situation....but not too much. The flesh left from broken relationships and failed dreams was laid out heavy and was presented in a blunt and affecting way, especially their lifelike, "colorful" language. (Fair warning...don't bring Grandma if she can't handle the F Bomb) God of Carnage does well in presenting four people, suffering in different ways, who fight and tussle in their quest to find both individual, and group, salvation. Like real life, they found it isn't so easy when you get down to the nitty gritty of things. While there was a chance to explore more controversial issues, I can safely safe that the material presented was entertaining and thought provoking, providing both laughs and cringes, and an overall success for my first play at the Guthrie.
Posted by YEP at 6/01/2011 10:34:00 PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I figure June 1st is as good of time as any to dust this bad boy off, so I will be seeing if I can squeeze in time to do one daily post that hopes to hit all of the stuff that I would want to talk about. It will feature blurbs and links, mostly, but hopefully it will be informative and entertaining. Any comments or suggestions are definitely welcomed.
Listen to the new Poison Control Center song “Dracula’s Casket”
Read reviews of the two new tapes from Minneapolis space synth trio Lighted
Read a review of the great new tape III from local group Food Pyramid
Twins lose, again.
Things might be rough again next year.
Today is National Punch a Hipster Day.
Literally Unbelievable, which goes to show that not only is the Onion geared towards those who are a little more, how do we say it nicely….connected to the happenings in the world and therefore able to comprehend Satire, but I didn’t realize how it could be mishandled in the wrongs hands. Funny/scary.
Posted by YEP at 5/31/2011 11:01:00 PM
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Capping off a packed to the gills week for shows, this weekend has some great concerts for local music fans. Saturday night you can do the double header of Cut Copy/Holy Ghost! in the Mainroom early and a free show featuring Birthday Suits/Bombay Sweets/Teenage Strangler at the Entry. Sunday night is a similar double header, with Wire and Arcwelder in the Mainroom and Skoal Kodiak and Leisure Birds in the Entry. Should be fun!
Posted by YEP at 4/07/2011 09:55:00 AM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Check out four takes on the new Explosions in the Sky album Take Care Take Care Take Care HERE. The Texas post-rock group are one of the very best at what they do, and it is great that they are finally back with another LP after many years.
Posted by YEP at 4/03/2011 08:00:00 AM
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I have never been shy about my appreciation for local label Moon Glyph, and they in turn continue to release awesome music, both from local and national bands. Their latest is the space funk of Deep Earth on the CS House of Mighty, which is four tracks that pack a intergalactic punch that mixes grooves and warped out beeps and hisses. Read a full review HERE and hopefully we will be seeing the group coming towards MPLS from their home base in Chicago sometime very soon.
Posted by YEP at 4/02/2011 08:02:00 AM