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With the entire libretto and lyrics taken from Gertrude Stein's writings, Loving Repeating is one of the few musicals to explore women's conditions and gay sexuality. This latest musical from Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Dessa Rose) premiered in Chicago in 2006, produced by The About Face Theatre in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art.
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Anyone familiar with the works of Stein, knows that she is an acquired taste. This work proves no exception to that rule. The story follows the relationship of Gertrude and Alice from courtship to grave. Flaherty's score is both varied and accomplished. the singing players perform admirably, raising their voices in splendid harmonies; and though the gorgeous melodies and orchestrations struggle under the weight of Stein's monotonous, often nonsensical word play, I found the effect wonderfully strange and hypnotic.
This is adventerous, challenging material that I wouldn't recommend for the tired businessman. "Loving Repeating" is something special for Stein enthusiasts and die-hard musical theatre lovers.
If you're a fan of musicals with soul, wit, and class, then you'll love this.
The voices of Christine Mild and Jenny Powers (Little Women) are extraordinary and Cindy Gold's narration is engaging and uniquely powerful. Combine these talents with that of Frank Galati (Tony Award Winner ... Director, Adapted Script) and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, etc.) and you have one AMAZING musical.