The modernist master Charles Ives died in 1954, though he had ceased composing almost 30 years before. Now, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater debuts its new Ives-centered work, Charles Ives Take Me Home. It’s not a symphony, but a drama by Jessica Dickey, in which the maestro—“a leader, a genius, one of the great innovators of our time”—appears to referee between a bickering cellist father and his jock daughter. Structured like a sonata, the play concerns Laura, a high school basketball coach, and her dad, John, fourth chair in the Queens Orchestra. Can a long-dead artist (and composer of “Things Our Fathers Loved”) help them to reconcile? Daniella Topol conducts the three-character opus.
Mondays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: May 29. Continues through June 29, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 12, 2013