Monday, February 14, 2011
Review: Dangerous Beauty - a delicious night!
The night started out wth the opening of a most intriguing musical, Dangerous Beauty, at the Pasadena Playhouse. Amongst the eager crowd I spotted a few famous faces including Swoosie Kurtz, Doris Roberts and Catherine McCormack, who played the heroine in the 1998 movie of the same name.
But I get ahead of myself. The performance opened up to a lavish, two-story set of balconies, bridges, columns and stairs of 14th century Venice, while the cast, decked out in amazing Renaissance-esque costumes, started singing and dancing to... modern rock?
It only makes sense. The musical is based on the novel/movie about the life of a well-educated Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco. What else could bring out the the wild sensuality hidden under the smooth wit of the poetic Veronica but the powerful chords of a guitar riff? And the gritty strength of Rock and Roll was there in the mix (just not enough for my tastes!)
So what made it intriguing? It wasn't about the life of a courtesan - that's been done before and in various cultures (ie, Memoirs of a Geisha), but the contrast of the lives of the sheltered wives and the worldly courtesans, the contrast of love and lust and marriage, of the joys in success and the bitterness of jealousy. I was so intrigued that I wanted to know more about all the other characters as well.
The delicious eye candy of Dangerous Beauty, the delicious mix of Thai and sushi, and a great talk with a friend - overall, a fantastic experience!
-Tiina Vuorenmaa, ExperienceLA Staff
Posted by experiencela at 4:48 PM