Monday, July 04, 2011
How Long Until The Shaggs Hit The Regional Circuit
Last week, two of my fellow bloggers were latecomers to the new musical play The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, which just wrapped up a run at Playwrights Horizons.
Boston playwright John Kuntz was in New York and caught the play, while New Yorker Rolando Teco saw the penultimate performance and praised it on the Extra Criticum blog.
Both enjoyed the play very much, and both wondered why the play didn't find more success. Indeed, The Shaggs wound up with a C+ average over on Stagegrade.
It seems that reviewers posting mixed to poor notices believed the material was a bit too depressing. This dreariness, in their opinion, overwhelmed the quirkiness that many of the positive notices praise. Some just thought the idea of making a musical based on supremely untalented musicians yields just the kind of results you might expect.
I have to say, I've heard very positive things from word of mouth about the show. Hopefully, as John Kuntz muses, we'll get a chance to see it here soon enough.