|"Mama Who Bore Me"|
It's funny because I caught myself hating some changes that were made to the staging or set, etc. and it prompted me to wonder why, as a designer, I was put off by changes to this show when I myself have been known to mess with a show or two in the past in the name of new design. I'm not sure if it's because I saw the show twice on Broadway, but I don't think so. There are other shows I've seen the Broadway versions of, like Into the Woods, that I have no problem changing at all. Maybe the difference is that this came out five years ago, not thirty, and it's still relatively fresh in the minds of a lot of people. Don't get me wrong, I'll fight anyone who says that Christine Jones' design was not the closest thing to a perfect interpretation for the show possible, but does that mean it shouldn't change? In this show, maybe. Just everything about it was a nice, tidy, lovely little package right down to the hand mics the characters whipped out of their suit coats and the audience sitting on the stage with them. The show is absolutely soaked to the bone with symbolism and that happens to be just the way that I like it. Whoever thought that some guy's play from 1890 could have turned into this?
|Christine Jones' set on Broadway|