Curtain Call Lady Shalott

Published on August 25th, 2014 | by RLn Staff

0

Lady of Shalott: A Theatrical Experience Not To Be Missed

By John Farrell

The Lady of Shalott is the latest production from Aaron Ganz and his new theater group in San Pedro, Theatre Elysium San Pedro Rep.

It was obvious from the moment you stepped into the small theater that this was going to be much more than just a play.

The premises on Seventh St. had been transformed into a small museum of memorabilia and relics from The Lady of Shalott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1842 poem of a legend of King Arthur.

Before the play begins the audience is allowed in the theater. The poem inspired many artists in the Victorian era. John William Waterhouse, the painter, is perhaps the best known. His paintings are on the simple brick wall, on a suit of armor, King Arthur’s sword in its stone and a written version of the poem on foolscap. But that poem, as dramatic as it is, is no play. It took Ganz’ extraordinary imagination and the adapting skills of David Mancini — listed as dramaturge as well as adapter — to turn the story from its focus on the Lady to a retelling of the Arthurian legend.

Ganz and Mancini used Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, T. H. White’s The Once and Future King and even a little Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Shakespeare to flesh out the story.

Lady of Shalott is a shimmering, exciting, sometimes bewildering and always exalting celebration of Arthurian legend. Its action, which begins and ends with the Lady in White of Tennyson’s iconic poem and stretches metaphorically from the beginning of the legend to it’s bitter end.  Geographically, in the theater from the round table in the back (where member’s of the audience occasionally sit and people walking down the alley stand and look) to every nook and cranny inside, is a mixture of rock songs, modern dance, violent and frightening sword play and murder.

By itself The Lady of Shalott isn’t a drama. Ganz took the four-part poem and expanded it to a story that invokes the Arthurian legend, a legend of love and honor and betrayal. A story that responds to dancing, to music and to violence.

The play doesn’t quite begin: instead it just starts flowing, the audience moving and flowing with it from room to room. First there is Paris Langle, the one contemporary character in this production, dressed in black and mourning over the art. From there the action flows back and forth, with the audience, some seated (temporarily) some standing, getting a view of the dancing and singing and acting, being treated by the actors as participants dancing at the wedding feast, sitting at the Round Table and feeling a little insecure as the fabulous sword-fights range only a few feet away. There are two intermissions, announced only by the lights coming up and the actor’s retreating. This isn’t a new way of seeing theater (Ganz did it in his last production, Wouldn’t It Be Lovely,) but it does require a new mindset. You can’t just sit in your comfy plush seat and sleep the evening away. You have to keep moving and watch the actors for cues to where the action is going to be.

Cassandra Ambe is the white-clad Lady, trying hard not to be interested in the world that flows by her window, which, because of the curse, she can only watch in a mirror. But when she spies Sir Launcelot (Sam Fleming), the handsome and upright flower of the knights, she begins to want to see things herself. King Arthur (William Reinbold) wants to begin an era of peace and justice, though he has to explain why he is king to a youngster with democratic leanings. He does fall in love at once with the Guinevere (the delightful and delicious Jamie Ann Burke) but so does Lancelot. And when Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, (Dorrie Braun) introduces Arthur’s illegitimate son Mordred (his name sounds like death and Chris Lang looks the part) the end is inevitable.

The music is eclectic, everything from rocks songs which the audience sings, including the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and not only Dance Choreographer Laura Linda Bradley and Fight Choreographers Kevin Moran and Danielle Burlington deserve kudos. How many times have you had a great appreciation for the lighting? It was designed by John Delfino. San Pedro Rep can be hot on these summer nights, so wear cool clothing and be prepared to experience one of the most exciting nights of theater anywhere.

Tickets are $25 and $20, for students. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Sept. 21. There aren’t any performances Aug. 28 through 31.

Details: (424) 264-5747www.sanpedrorep.org

Venue: T.E. San Pedro Rep Theatre

Location: 331 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


About the Author



Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Vote: Tuesday, March 3rd

    Vote: Tuesday, March 3rd
  • Toberman Gala: April 4th

    Toberman Gala: April 4th
  • The Guide to Fine Dining

    The Guide to Fine Dining
  • Calendar

    March 2015
    S M T W T F S
    22 23 24 25 26

    Category: EntertainmentToledo Show

    27

    Category: EntertainmentToledo Show

    Category: CommunityJewelry Making Class

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: EntertainmentSoul Sacrifices

    Category: EntertainmentHell Ride

    28

    Category: EntertainmentKomedy Slam

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: EntertainmentDave Widow and the Line Up

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: EntertainmentCircus of Sin

    1

    Category: Art35th Annual Quilt Show

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    2

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    3

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    4

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: CommunityLittle Squirts

    Category: CommunitySea Club

    5

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: CommunityKlaus Center for the Arts Opening

    6

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: EntertainmentTrio Celeste

    Category: EntertainmentBatala Los Angeles

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: EntertainmentLauren Koval, Michael Ragonese Trio

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    7

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: TheaterThe Penis and Vagina Talk Shows

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: TheaterCirque Mechanics

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    Category: EntertainmentTrio Eclectic

    Category: TheaterThe Penis and Vagina Talk Shows

    8

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: EntertainmentInna Faliks

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    Category: EntertainmentJohn York

    9

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    10

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtLuminous, Transparent, Realistic Watercolor Workshop

    11

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: EntertainmentBettman and Halpin

    12

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: EntertainmentBettman and Halpin

    13

    Category: ArtArts, Media Capstone Exhibitions

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: EntertainmentPaddy Keenan

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    14

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: EntertainmentMusic Under the Guns

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: EntertainmentCash’d Out

    Category: EntertainmentDoug MacLeod CD Release Party

    Category: TheaterNa Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    15

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: EntertainmentDavid Sanborn

    Category: TheaterStop Kiss

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    Category: EntertainmentA Spoonful of Sherman: A Symphonic Concert

    Category: EntertainmentBlues Alive

    16

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    17

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtLuminous, Transparent, Realistic Watercolor Workshop

    18

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    19

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    20

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    21

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    22

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    23

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    24

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: ArtLuminous, Transparent, Realistic Watercolor Workshop

    25

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    26

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    27

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    28

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: TheaterBeyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants

    Category: TheaterThe Real Thing

    29

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    30

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    31

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    Category: ArtLuminous, Transparent, Realistic Watercolor Workshop

    1

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    2

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    3

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

    4

    Category: ArtCan the Artists of the World be Censored?

    Category: ArtTies to Modernism

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: TheaterTaking Sides

    Category: ArtJohn Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency

  • Like Us On Facebook!

  • Take a Trip to Havana

    Take a Trip to Havana
  • Join the RLn Network

    Subscribe Today:


    Options


  • Get Home Delivery!

    Get Home Delivery!
  • Reset The Net: Protect Your Privacy

    Reset The Net: Protect Your Privacy