Thursday, August 10, 2006

Father Cannot Yell

I would strongly suggest buying a picnic dinner for a friend who is willing to wait in line, from 7AM-1PM, in order to get tickets for Mother Courage and Her Children at Central Park.

Berthold Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, translated (and updated) from German by Tony Kushner, directed by George C. Wolfe, with music by Jeanine Tesori, stars Kevin Kline, Austin Pendleton, Meryl Streep, and some other people.

Well, mainly, the play stars Meryl Streep. Not only because she plays the title character, a mother who must persevere through the Thirty Years War, in order to make a profit, only to lose her three children, but mainly due to the fact that it’s Meryl Streep.

It is her energy that carries the show, in addition to Kushner’s witty political commentary, and the fact that you are watching a play about a 30 year war, outside, in Central Park, under a fullish moon.

I wonder if you really need to stand in line for five hours for tickets to this performance. You could probably stand at any point in Central Park, even way up on 110th Street, and still hear Meryl Streep scream.

I bet her glare reaches that far, too.


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