We spent the weekend at various forms of the theater with the Lady deGloves and went three-for-three. We went to Madison and saw the touring version of Beautiful- the Carol King Musical. It is interesting because it is not just about Carol King. It is about the music industry of the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. They have great music (and The Loco-motion) to create a story around and they do it well. The singing and dancing is the quality you expect from a national tour.
Sidebar: We sat near a number of young folks and there was laughing when The Drifters first came on. We are not positive but we think they we reacting to the groups choreographed moves. It was a generational thing. End Sidebar.
Beautiful is a beautiful show. It starts with interesting songs but adds characters, sets, and presentations to make it a quality show. We completely enjoyed it.
Our second stop was at American Players Theatre for The Unexpected Man. This visit had the challenge of high expectations as it was a two person play with Brian Mani and Sarah Day, two of our favorite actors. The show still far exceeded our high expectations. It is a wonderful story about characters of roughly our age dealing with opportunities to connect as well as the experiences of death and disappointment that come with being past the midpoint of your life.. Brian and Sarah are perfect and the simple set becomes a bit more with lighting and sound. It is worth the trip to Spring Green.
Our third stop was to see Wonder Woman at the local cinema. It was worthy of its positive reviews. It introduced characters worthy of a franchise. We hope they get back to them. It, almost surprisingly for a summer blockbuster, had an interesting story. And it did have enough action to be an action flick. For us, one of the most interesting parts is the training of Diana (Wonder Woman). Often in movies characters become expert warriors in too short of a time. Diana, on the other hand, wants to become a warrior at a very early age and begins training then despite her mother’s disapproval. It is not epiphany that leads to her lethal skills. It is mostly hard work. You need to see the movie to fill in the missing piece.
It was a great weekend. Our next experience will suffer from comparison.