Thursday, March 2, 2017

Theater Thursday - Dear World and Shear Madness

We were given free tickets to Dear World for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Dear World

Where: York Theatre Company
            619 Lexington Ave.
           New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up


Mom's view: Although not as popular as other Jerry Herman shows, Dear World is a perfect show for the current state of the world. It is about a group of men who want to blow up a Parsian cafe and drill for the oil that is supposedly under it. A countess, her two friends, a young executive, a waitress, and a sewerman join together to stop them. It is all about the forces of love and poetry versus the forces of greed and materialism. When the show appeared on Broadway, the allegedly overblown production did not suit the story well, and it quickly closed. This new scaled down production works very well and makes for an entertaining and relevant story. This version stars Tony award and six time Emmy award winning actress, Tyne Daly as Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. She is not much of a singer, the score is not really memorable anyway, but her acting definitely shows there is a reason she has won all of those awards. Although it is a very different kind of a role for her, she plays an eccentric old woman, she is excellent in the role. The other members of the cast are great too particularly Ann Harada and Alison Fraser as her hilarious sidekicks. If you want the opportunity to see the work of these fine actresses and the rest of the talented cast in the intimate setting of the York theater, don't hesitate this limited run show, part of York Theater's annual Musicals in Mufti series, only runs through this Sunday March 5, and if there are any tickets left they are selling out rapidly.


For more information or to find out about ordering tickets go to http://www.yorktheatre.org/2017-mufti-season.html.
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We were given free tickets to Shear Madness for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Shear Madness

Where: The Davenport Theater
            354 W. 45th St.
            New York, NY

Who:  10 and up


Mom's view: Although Shear Madness is a murder mystery, it is more of a comedy. The show is not at all scary as the murder is only talked about and does not even take place on stage. The show is very entertaining and extremely funny. The audience is more than just a spectator to the action, They are given the opportunity to give information to the detectives trying to solve the mystery and even ask questions of the suspects which only adds to the fun of the show. Although the characters in the show are somewhat cliched, they are very well played by the talented cast. This is the kind of show that even if you have seen before it is fun to see again for reasons that we cannot reveal because it would take away some of the pleasure of the show. It is not a show for very young children, but older children would probably enjoy it. Just be aware that at the beginning of the show and again later very loud music is played so if that bothers you, you might want to skip this show. However, if you do you will be missing a very amusing show.


For more information or to order tickets go to http://nyc.shearmadness.com/

And that's Mom's view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credit: All Dear World photos by Ben Strothmann
                    All Shear Madness photos by Carol Rosegg

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