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re: The number of gross people working on the periphery of professional theatre is legion.
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 02:01 am EDT 06/02/21
In reply to: re: The number of gross people working on the periphery of professional theatre is legion. - Michael_Portantiere 09:03 pm EDT 06/01/21

It really isn’t that radical an interpretation, and it doesn’t result in a completely different work.

It’s been trimmed to run in one act by cutting a song and the Anita moment is now explicitly a rape… and we can have opinions about how effective those choices are without being hysterical… but it’s the same story it always is, with the same characters who are having the same fights and the same passions and the same drama and the same ending as they always do. It’s not a reworking even on the level of the Oklahoma! revival, but it is a West Side Story in the theatrical language of the 2020s rather than the 1950s.

If you want another remake that brings you the familiar presentation you know and love, you have the Spielberg film coming out soon to give you all the nostalgia. Van Hove is giving us something of today, and while that might not be your cup of tea, it isn’t some wildly new rewriting of the musical. Not even close.
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