An Ideal Husband
As recently noted,
We just saw the Circle Theater production of "An Ideal Husband"
where I was blown away by the costumes and sets,
and now the theater has been kind enough
to send me some pictures.
Unlike the elegant Sir Gawain
I am never going to devote more than a moment's thought
to whatever I throw on to hide my nakedness.
But I certainly appreciate it
when others take that time and effort!
Click on the above detail
to get even more detail
of that incredible gown,
not to mention
the fireplace, the furniture, the clock,
the entire tableaux
(which is not to disparage the
utterly convincing performances of the actors -
Jonathan Nichols and Denita Linnertz
are shown above -
being the "Ideal Husband" and his devoted wifey)
I would have been thoroughly content
if Ms. Linnertz
had just planted her tall, stately self,
in that gorgeous gown,
stage center for a 90 minute pose.
Here's the complimentary matrimonial couple,
(Bradford Lund and Catherine Ferraro)
in a more subdued,
but still enjoyable attire.
and needless to say
the floral arrangements
are an important part
of this production
which was indeed a fitting tribute
to the aesthetic-crazed playwright.
Why don't I go to this local theater more often ?
It's only about 100 yards from my front door.
I suppose it's because I just don't care for the
hairshirt of modern theater -- and music - and painting etc.
For example, this show seems rather typical:
"Introducing the Ledbetters, your average American dysfunctional family. Weaving together QVC, video game violence, drug addiction, a hopeful trip to New York, and familial relationships, this picture of American “anti-bliss” comes from the pen of acclaimed playwright Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter, Nocturne), Chicago and off-Broadway’s hottest commodity. Circle Theatre will present the Midwest Premiere of this quirky, cutting-edge, modern drama."
No thankyou -- I don't want to meet those damn Ledbetters!
(they live next door -- and they're always stealing our garbage cans)
(Costume design was by Elizabeth Shaffer,
scenic and graphic designer was Bob Knuth
-who also took the above photographs-
and the Scenic artist was Lori Willis)