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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Today in Stranger Suggests

posted by on April 18 at 9:41 AM

‘The Light in the Piazza’


(RAVISHMENT) Born at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, The Light in the Piazzaóbased on the classic novella by Elizabeth Spenceróreturns for a two-week stint at the Paramount after taking Broadway by storm. Adam Guettel’s lush score and Bartlett Sher’s ace direction won the Tonys, but it’s Craig Lucas’s exquisitely crafted book that gives the show its magical traction. If you think there are no new love stories to be told, you must see The Light in the Piazza. (Paramount, 911 Pine St. 7:30 pm, $25ó$72.) DAVID SCHMADER

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I saw it last night. It was well acted, the singing was lovely, I thought the lighting and sets were cleverly handled. Overall a well polished, well done show.

But underlying it, the story did nothing for me. It was utterly predictable 1950s pabulum from beginning to end. No new ground here.

Posted by SDA in SEA | April 18, 2007 10:36 AM

The story is what kills me, and makes all the supplementary magic possible, in my opinion. A ravishing romance that hinges on the roles ignorance and blindness and duplicity play in True Love? Effing brilliant, and totally new to me.

(However, last night after the show, I happened to catch the Light in the Piazza TV commercial, and I suddenly understood why friends who hadn't seen the show were shocked at my Suggest. The TV ads make the show look like your grandma's wet dream and not much else. In fact, it's your grandma's wet dream, a literary-theater-lover's wet dream, and a stunningly brilliant work of American art. Go see it.)

Posted by David Schmader | April 18, 2007 11:26 AM

Gonna see it on Friday. It better be good!

Posted by Andy | April 19, 2007 12:38 AM

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