This week I went to see You Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents Divorce by The Civilians on stage at the Paramount and presented by ArtsEmerson. I was a little bit disappointed. The tag line “Who knew divorce could be so funny?” let me assume that it was a comedy. However, although some quotes were funny, the play was a little bit boring. They tried to create style effect with the fours actors in line telling their own parent story but the play fell into the bias of four monologues without any links. Fours story completely different. At some point I was just wondering where the play was going if an unexpected link will appear and enlighten everything, the end of the play was abrupt and showed me that in fact it did not go anywhere. It was really frustrating!
Posted by Claire on October 29, 2011
Studying at Emerson College is a great oportunity to discover every kind of arts with ArtsEmerson. Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to see Delusion, written and performed by Laurie Anderson at the Paramount Center.
Laurie Anderson’s performance was stunning. Although she was alone on stage, she made us feel an overwhelming presence by all the effects of sound and lights but also with her striking monologue.
Images and sounds were creating a dream atmosphere in the intimacy of the artist. By her monologue, she had this aptitude to lead the audience into several places from Iceland to the moon. several times, from birth to death, and several states of mind from laugh to fear.
However there was a thing that I disliked in this show. It was the distortion of her voice. At the beginning it gave a dramatic aspect to her paroles but it was really long and she did it several times. I am not a english native speaker and I had a really hard time trying to understand what she was telling. It made me miss some important part of the show.
Posted by Claire on September 29, 2011