Last night, Jamie and I braved the maddening throng of Times Square, pushing our way through slow tourists and guys asking "you like comedy?" all to try and see Passing Strange. Was it worth it? Sadly, no.
The thing that really REALLY annoyed me about this production has nothing to do with the artistic merits of the show - the problem was the sound mixing. The band was so much louder than the vocals that I couldn't understand what the actors were saying most of the time. In a show that's about 80% music, that's a big problem (plus, it was just so loud! I know, I'm a young person, I should like loud music. But I don't. I'm secretly a 90 year old woman. So there). But the point is, I couldn't understand what they were saying, so I don't know if I liked the show or not. Sometimes there were quiet moments where I could understand what was going on and mostly, I liked those parts.
But maybe not. I'm not really the target demographic for this show. I'm not cool and alternative and I like traditional musicals (I like other things too! But I really like musicals. I blame my dad for renting them for me when I was a kid).