The Dark at the top of the Blog
This week in the Village Voice’s Theater section, Michael Feingold braves William Inge’s Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Feingold has especially uplifting words for the productions director, Jack Cummings III, “He has not only given an elegantly spare, contemporary feel to a work that in other hands might have seemed heavy and archaic, but he has infused it, through his cast, with a gorgeously sculpted emotionality that recalls, not inappositely, Elia Kazan, who directed the original production of Inge’s play a half-century ago.” Seeing the Pirate Queen, Feingold buckles (but doesn’t swash) under the weight of “he sedative powers of this lump of aesthetic Ambien.” He’s far happier facing Face the Music, a Hart and Berlin revival in the Encores! Series.
As for my own playgoing, I would happily have asked for more of Neil Bartlett’s Oliver Twist, a joyfully grim adaptation, which offers many pleasures but does fail to awake interest in priggish Oliver himself. I also thought about fleeing Fugue, Lee Thuna’s inane investigation of amnesia.