A Nonny Moose (clandestiny) wrote,
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Passing Strange Review

First of all, I'm amazed this show made it to Broadway. Second, the songs are nice and mellow, and the ensemble works great together, like a family. That is where the positives end, unfortunately. The show is like a mixture of Brooklyn, RENT, Lennon, Spring Awakening, Pippen and Chita Rivera's A Dancer's Life. Imagine what that could be like, and that's what it is. A small cast playing multiple roles with dancing and a narrator and a story that tries to make sense, but doesn't really and stereotypes like crazy. Oh, and did I mention it has the feeling of being stoned for 2 1/2 hours? Really, it does. I'm not a pot smoker, but after this was over, I felt like having a HUGE hit on the ganja. I'm sure Stew has been to all the countries he claims he's been to, but the stereotyping of the Amsterdam and Berlin people was just unfair and outdated. Berling in particular really baffled me. He gave it the feel of WWII Germany, a'la Cabaret, yet it takes place in the 1970's. Sorry Stew, unless you're in East Berlin, that entire sequence just doesn't make sense. Also, that German Punk Rock thing you got going on sounds great, if I hadn't already heard VNV Nation play the same melody in Distillat, check it out sometime. However, barring those things, if you're just out looking for fun and not about reality or accuracy, check the show out. Just don't pay too much.

3 out of 5.
Tags: reviews, theatre--ushering
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