March 8 at 12:46pm · VALERIE DAVID REVIEWS FOLK CITY SCENES
ARTICULATE THEATRE COMPANY
CAT PARKER: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Articulate Theatre Company presents Articulating the Arts Folk City Scenes.
Folk music meets theater in this lively Woodstock-themed night. A lovefest of theater and song, inspired by the musicians and lyrics of the 60s and 70s era, created eight new short plays. These pieces summoned their own unique take on the vibe of that memorable generation.
The audience is first greeted in the lobby by far-out beaded hippies in fringe vests and denim jeans. At the start of the performance, the bohemian-looking cast enters the smoky stage, which is decorated with concert posters of yesteryear including Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Before the plays begin, we are invited to participate in a cheerful group sing-along with tunes that included “If I Had a Hammer” and “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore.”
Juxtaposed between each of the eight vignettes, a song of that time period was performed by the talented Wolf & Cantrelle folk duo.
The plays were wonderfully entertaining on the whole, and one of the standouts was "In Transit" written by Robin Rice and directed by Brock Hill. Actresses Carolyn Seiff (Jenny) and Charlotte Hampden (Jen) display their comedic chops as two women in a retirement community struggling to get on the right track with a new friendship. At one point, all goes awry as Jenny and Jen fight like valiant swashbucklers with a cane and walker as their swords.
At the evening’s conclusion, you wish to stay at this theatrical sit-in and continue to take that trip down memory lane, reveling in the glorious oneness of these new plays and folk music’s influential fusion.
CLOSED February 27
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