Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow day review #2: Maybe bronze, probably not Solid Gold

Performance: The Solid Gold Cadillac
Theater: Studio Theatre. 1501 14th St, NW
Metro stops: Dupont Circle -Red line or U Street/Cardozo-Green line
Genre: $inderella meets Wall $treet
Cost: Tickets are $50+. There are student rush tickets (when available) 30 min before the show for $19 or you can usher (more here). Also, keep your eyes open for Goldstar discount tix.
Dates: Through January 10
Rating: 3/5 stars

I'm going to keep this one brief. My basic point is that if you are going to see a play this season, and you are deciding between this show and the one I just posted about (the Fantasticks), then definitely see the latter. Studio Theatre's Solid Gold Cadillac was nothing special. It was good, and interesting, but didn't stand out in any way. Nancy Robinette was definitely the strongest part of the show in the leading role as Laura Partridge, but even she didn't blow our minds. It seems that everyone is pretty excited about how well this 1953 Broadway hit holds up, and how relevant it seems to be. I too, was impressed with this, but after about 15 minutes, that fact lost its luster. Then we were left with a play that was funny, but not riotous, and relevant but not specific. Ultimately, though there was nothing wrong with this play, there wasn't anything particularly special about it either, and for that reason alone, I think you have better options around town this season.

Now, I'm going to go make grilled cheese and tomato soup, because that's what you do on snow days.

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