Sunday, June 1, 2014

Simon Green: So, This Then Is Life ***

As part of its Brits Off Broadway festival, British actor Simon Green and his musical director David Shrubsole are appearing in this cabaret-style theater piece, cleverly crafted from a melange of song, poem and spoken word. The eclectic material runs the gamut from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim, Walt Whitman to Maya Angelou,  M.F.K. Fisher to Tennessee Williams. The theme is the advice a middle-aged man would give his 21-year-old self were he able to. Green's engaging presentation overcomes a sometimes pinched voice and a wobbly pitch. All in all, it's a pleasant way to spend 80 minutes.

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