GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS!
June 22, 2014
Fluffy cardboard clouds border the corners of the stage at Abrons Arts Center where Theater Plastique animates Gertrude Stein SAINTS! for a new generation.
in this, 21st Century version, Gertrude Stein’s text – originally set to Vrigil Thompson’s opera Four Saints in Three Acts—inventively magnifies the rhythmic alliteration and surrealistic text. Infectiously dynamic, the performers zip through song forms that reference field hollers, blues, doo wop, hip hop, jazz, rock, all the musical tributaries that feed into American popular music.
Fluently directed by Michelle Sutherland, the talented performers sing, dance, mug, cavort and flirt for 70 minutes, insuring the non-stop production never flags.Theater Plastique succeeds in forging a delightful match between Stein’s word play and fanciful imaginings.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis