Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sightings: Caldwell Theatre Company

When you take the risk of mounting new scripts, and you do them well, people notice. This week, The Chicago Critic noticed that the Caldwell Theatre has mounted what is only the second production of The Old Man and the Sea, A Play with Music, and apparently made the trip to see it. Adapted by Eric Ting and Craig Siebels, it first played at the Long Wharf Theatre Company in Connecticut.
What a brilliant adaptation of this allegorical tale, and what a daring and daunting task to portray such a celebrated story.

David Pendleton is perfect ... Ishmael Cruz Cordova... captures all the hero worship and compassion of an adolescent moving into manhood. Leajato Amara Robinson... makes a unique contribution to the story by combining music with narrative to reinforce the action.

This Florida production is only the second time the play has been mounted. Hopefully, it will not be the last. Watch for it, Chicagoans!

Highly recommended.

Beverly Friend
The Old Man and the Sea plays at the Caldwell Theatre Company through March 28, 2010.

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