"Oh, that's supposed to be the painting." -- Comment made by the theater-goer to my right who didn't realize until the beginning of the second act that the show is about Georges Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."
Make it a priority to get tickets to one of the most innovative productions in years: Sunday In the Park with George at Studio 54. I don't want to give too much away, particularly about the staging. In short, the show covers the following themes:
- What do we do with romantic relationships where at least one person cannot emotionally connect?
- Is art (or our fixations) worth more than love?
- What is our life's legacy? Art? Children?
- What does it mean to lose our parents?
- How can we let go of the ideas that constrain us?
- How can we live our lives inspired by the possibilities of a blank canvas?
- Oh, and parasols
Sondheim's music, the staging, animations and projections are beautiful and a puzzle. How did they do what they did? Sunday in the Park sincerely combines its craft to make us feel the joy of creation and a reverence for our place, our moment in time.
I think I'm finally old enough to have seen this show.