Blues for Vasily

The Caldwell's depiction of Turgenev's impoverished stooge hits the sweet spot

Since this is a Russian play, perhaps it's fitting to end on a bittersweet note. The sweet: If you are new to South Florida or haven't caught the Caldwell in a while, now is a good time to drop in on what this company does best. The bitter: If you have been tracking South Florida theater for a while, you will once again find no surprises here. As it is with just about every other company in this area, the Caldwell is all about stylistic consistency, not artistic challenge. With few exceptions, most theaters in this region seem unwilling to experiment or explore new paths, as dozens of companies produce essentially the same realistic, linear narrative style, with much the same expectations and assumptions. Puppets? Dance theater? Mixed media? Site-specific scenarios? Postmodernism? Grand Guignol? Rarely will you find unusual or innovative work here and hardly ever at a theater with any means. But this is where we came in: It is entirely possible that the lock-step conformism of many Florida theaters is an essential characteristic of the community they serve.

Geoffrey Wade and Terrell Hardcastle in a good old nineteenth-century Russian shake
Geoffrey Wade and Terrell Hardcastle in a good old nineteenth-century Russian shake

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Written by Ivan Turgenev, adapted by Mike Poulton, directed by Michael Hall. With John Felix, Terrell Hardcastle, Dan Leonard, Lanie MacEwan, George Merner, Pat Nesbit, Michael Turner, Brian Quirk, Geoffrey Wade, Norma Dobrikow-O'Hep, Kathleen Emrich, and Paula Villar. Performed 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Sundays, 2:00 p.m. Wednesdays and select Saturdays through May 18.. Call 561-241-7432.
The Caldwell Theatre, 7873 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton

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