Saturday, April 28, 2007

Cut: A run with the scissors

Tess bought us tickets to the stage production of Edward Scissorhands as an anniversary present. It's nice to see live theater now and then, but in all honest, this one should have stayed dead.

I loved the movie Edward Scissorhands. It was quirky and had a nice bittersweet storyline. The stage production is based very loosely on the movie. It is billed as a musical version. The thing they don't tell you is that is entirely without dialogue or singing. It's like watching a musical performed by mimes or worse yet, a ballet. If you had never seen the movie, you wouldn't have a clue what was going on. It would have just looked like spooky looking guy running with scissors while chased by the cast of Happy Days.

We'd had dinner at a nice restaurant downtown before the show. Big mistake. Both of us were fighting to stay awake within 15 minutes of the curtain going up. The best part of the first half of the show was intermission. The best part of the second half of the show was the curtain going down.

This is one version of Edward Scissorhands that should have been full of cuts, but by the director.


anna said...

I enjoyed the movie. Thanks to your review, I'll be sure to not go see this show if it ever comes to a Montreal stage. I hate it when they mess with something good.

Footpad said...

You know, maybe it's a good thing Tim Burton doesn't translate well to the cabaret format.

Can you imagine what we'd get if this succeeds? "Batman: The Musical", "Frankenweenie On Ice," or even "Ed Wood: Composed!"

And you know who would be next, doncha'? "Pulp Fiction: The Musical!"

-- f

Anonymous said...

So, how did you really feel about the show, Tim?

Time said...

Anna, I'm sure there were people in the theater who thought it was the best show they had ever seen. But I seriously thought it was pretty bad.

FP, I kind of like the idea of a musical version of Pulp Fiction. The scene in the basement of the pawn shop would be particularily interesting.

I think it is really worth the money for you to go see if for youself. Be sure to take the whole family too.

Hayden said...

What a cutting review!

Time said...

Very pointed don't you think?

Steve said...

So it wasn't a cut above the rest then?

Where is Monty Pthyon?

JP (mom) said...

What a shame it turned out so poorly, especially after Tess came up with such a great anniversary idea ... I just took FP to see Amadeus at a local playhouse and it was wonderful. Tell Tess bravo for the idea :) JP

Footpad said...

Tim, Hayden, 'snake: Youse guise are so sharp, it hurts.

(JP's right, though, it was a very idea. Too bad about the show.)

-- f

Time said...

Steve, I believe Monty Python is in reruns on PBS. Though the musical version of Holy Grail is on tour. I would hope it had lyrics.

JP, It was very sweet of Tess and I am not in any way trying to take away from the thoughtfulness of the gift. She did sleep very peacefully through most of it, though.

Cut it out :)