It's officially FALL and more than just brisk mornings and leaves turning, here in the rural Midwest it means THEATER SEASON! I caught my first local show this weekend, Snapshots, a musical revue of sorts, chock full of Stephen Schwartz showtunes. Loved it. More than just a cobbling together of his songs, it's a play about a long-married couple on the brink of separation.In the course of an argument, a box of photos gets tipped over leading Dan and Susan to reminisce about their thirty-plus years together. They see their love affair anew via the snapshots, which come alive in the form of younger versions of themselves, singing and dancing to the Schwartz tunes.And there are some great ones. Anyone heard of Wicked? Godspell? Children of God? Pippin? Songs come from all of those and more. With a liberal tweaking of the lyrics, these songs tie this love story together seamlessly. I could hardly stay in my seat. What a lovely way to start the fall.
This play was put on by The Human Race Theater Company and they do some amazing stuff here in lil' ol' Dayton. Next up for them is Sunset Limited, a play written by Cormac McCarthy. If you haven't read his The Road yet, why the hell not?