Wednesday, September 28

Theater Review: Phoenix Theatre: Spring Awakening

The Phoenix Theatre shows another side of its multi-faceted self during the 2011-12 season-opening weekend  -- a musical side. "Spring Awakening," based on the 19th century drama by Frank Wedekind, brought in a full house and will likely sell out throughout its run to Oct. 23.
Not for children, this winner of eight Tony Awards is a study of teen angst in repressed turn-of-the-century Germany in an in-your-face Rock & Roll-meets-Broadway style which (somehow) makes perfect sense. The story showcases that confusing time when sexual feelings can lead to serious results, in an unvarnished manner. 

The musical numbers, particulally "Song of Purple Summer" and "The Word of Your Body" represent well the inner turmoils, with "Totally F#!*ked" having the most energy.

The talent is polished and solid, most noticably with Kurt Owens in "Adult Men," bringing sterness to a whole new level.

Kurt Owens and Danny Kingston
Danny Kingston is quickly become one of my Destination Actors for good reason. I was last impressed with Kingston in Beef and Boards' “Camelot” production as the deliciously conniving Mordred. He sinks teeth and talent into the role of Moritz as well. No matter the role, and whichever is needed -- both his intensity and delightfully evil dark side are captivating to watch.

Standing out most to this critic is how Phoenix is able to switch gears time and again, creating a desire to return and see what director Bryan Fonseca and company are doing.

Bottom Line: “Spring Awakening” will make you fall in love with The Phoenix Theatre all over again.

For tickets and schedule, visit PhoenixTheatre.org.
Photo Credit: ZachRosing

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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