Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: "Woyzeck" at Ghostbird (1)

Photo by Barry Cavin and design by Phil Heubeck.
Experimental theatre isn't for everyone, but if you like something a little different, please check out "Woyzeck," playing tonight, Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Tickets ($10) are available through the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center ticket office or online at www.sbdac.com/events. Please note that seating *IS* limited in this venue.

The second show of the Ghostbird season, this one gets all the pieces in order, moving in the right direction and something special happens. A German play transplanted to Appalachia, with an almost all-female cast (led by the amazing Brittany Albury) and backed by original music. Thanks guys - it was a great Wednesday.

PS: I ate three cannoli from Downtown House of Pizza!

Read the review here. Or listen to some of the original music here (via Soundcloud)

Review: Ghostbird burns up Fort Myers with blazing 'Woyzech'
Chris Silk / Naples Daily News

"Woyzech" turns out the unlikely perfect home for Heubeck's original music. Scripted as tiny bits of poetry, the piece becomes a near-musical when backed by Pearlie Mae & the Crawdaddy Boys. Heubeck, joined by Chris Ludvigsen and Ghostbird founder Brittney Brady pluck, strum, bang, clang and play.

The music weaves the story (just 80 minutes) together. Think a weathered granny, sitting on a dusty porch, rocking, spinning tales to enraptured children as crickets sing in the baking afternoon sun. Never too loud, but subtle - and dressed the part, Brady in dramatic white with flowers in her hair, the men in ragged pants, neckerchiefs and worn hats.

The bare space in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center alcove - again - offers the challenge and reward of bare space staging. Ghostbird continues to meet (and exceed) this challenge like no other community theatre company. Read the full review ($$)


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