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musicals and operas · southern california lyric theater · Ages 12+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States

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June 14, 2013
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My overall impression

AESOPERA was a great new experiences for the Hollywood Fringe. I love music, although I don’t normally attend " Opera ". I tend to rule on the side of scores for film, broadway and jazz standards. My rule of thumb for the FRINGE is to go to one straight theater piece and one with music. Aesopera did not disappoint. The music by Jonathan Price ( not the actor ) was wonderful, layered, quirky in the best sense, cool and beautiful. The five operas based on Aesop’s fables were so well crafted and acted out. The Sunday afternoon cast I saw sang so beautifully well ! AND they could Act equally as well ….. The actors amazingly never left the stage. It began and ended in the same place. I also loved the the look and colors of the whole production with artwork. There is a piece called The Fisher & The Wishes that really lights up the stage. The final opera is where composer Price uses quirkiness, beauty and absurdity to deliver a stinging parody on politics with quasi endearment, devouring and seduction using the goddess Athena and frogs ….. How Greek is THAT! LOL! No dull angst ridden cliches in this production. Great Job by the ensemble CAST!!

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