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“The Hurricane” at FringeNYC 2014 at Theatre 80 (Closes on Saturday August 23, 2014)

“The Hurricane” at FringeNYC 2014 at Theatre 80 (Closes on Saturday August 23, 2014)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Bjorn Berkhout
Directed by Taryn Turney
Reviewed by Joseph Verlezza
Theatre Reviews Limited

There is a new musical (operetta) by Bjorn Berkhout entitled “The Hurricane” being presented as part of the NY International Fringe Festival. It is an admirable attempt in a difficult genre and casts a light on a contemporary theme that shines with integrity. The plot, although complicated, is easy to understand and follow when viewing, and not at all necessary to reveal in detail. It deals with revenge, ostracism, greed, morality and love. It invents a situation that is melodramatic but contained by the human condition and controlled by characters that do not fall prey to becoming the victims of stereotype. The music is operatic and progressive (ala Britten) being somewhat successful but also periodically inconsistent as far as quality.

Mykel Vaughn does a fine job in capturing the nature and spirit of Madame Sparrow never being trapped or confined, reaching beyond the role’s limitations. Laura Sudduth exudes the youthful, lovelorn Miranda with a clear soprano and energetic charm. Spencer Glass creates a confused Ferdinand, doting and delusional. Jay Aubrey Jones brings a stable Alonso to the stage with truth and understanding. The remainder of the cast includes Warren G. Nolan Jr. (Caliban), Bryce Henry (Ariel), Robert Ackerman (Sebastian), and Ryan Rhue(Antonio) round out the ensemble competently. As Director, Taryn Turney keeps the action moving and the energy level high.

The show does not come without its problems, but most likely nothing that cannot be fixed, and it is worth a look, especially if the genre appeals to you. Even if the first act seems slow and a bit difficult to swallow, hold on the second act proves to redeem.

THE HURRICANE

“The Hurricane” is presented by Bjoto Productions in Association with The Present Company (Elena K Holy, Producing Artistic Director). Directed by Taryn Turney.

The cast of “The Hurricane” includes Robert Ackerman, Spencer Glass, Bryce Henry, Jay Aubrey Jones, Warren G. Nolan, Jr., Ryan Rhue, Laura Sudduth, and Mykel Vaughn.

For performance schedule, ticketing information and more information about the presenting company, please visit www.FringeNYC.org. For mobile ticketing, please visit www.FringeonTheFly.com. The running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Posted by David Roberts on Monday, August 18, 2014