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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Die Letdown

Posted by on January 25 at 10:02 AM

The second act of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus is an opulent party—there’s a swimming pool filled with champagne—thrown by a chronically bored, bizarre, and impossibly wealthy Russian (imagine a Viennese Michael Jackson).

During the party, a barker announces fictional and sometimes real-life dignitaries who smile and waltz in front of the presumably surprised and delighted audience. But Seattle has had a little trouble in the cameo star power department: Governor Gregoire was supposed to show up opening weekend but had to cancel, forfeiting her one chance to be popular at a party. Tonight, political cartoonist David Horsey will make his second appearance, alongside actor John Procaccino. (How hard is it to get a local actor to mug on stage?)

Who’s next in this sad parade of semi-celebrity? Rev. Hutcherson?