The Irish Repertory Theatre
Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director – Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director
Music and Lyrics by LENNY PICKETT
Adaptation and Lyrics by LINDSEY TURNER
The Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22 St., NYC, October 7 – November 13, 2005
Directed by CHARLOTTE MOORE
Musical Direction by MARK JANAS
Set Design AKIRA YOSHIMURA
Costume Design RANDALL KLEIN
Lighting Design BRIAN NASON
Sound Design ZACHARY WILLIAMSON
Production Stage Manager PAMELA BRUSOSKI
Mask and Puppet Design BOB FLANAGAN
Press Representative SHIRLEY HERZ ASSOCIATES
Richard Barth – Edwin Cahill – David Garry – Bill Gross
John Halbach – Jay Lusteck – Shaun R Parry
BEOWULF, an adaptation of the epic poem of the same name, makes its world premiere as the opener for Irish Repertory Theatre’s 2005-2006 season. The tale of a hero, Beowulf, who fights monsters and gains wealth and honor in return, the work is full of magic, dragons, battle and, now, song. The story of brave prince Beowulf has morphed from classic literature into modern musical theater.
The BEOWULF set design is odd, and full of stacked chairs and noisy aluminum, but the rest of the look of the piece is consistently stylized in an effective if low-budget sort of way. The actors manipulate puppets and provide shadow play to recount many of the grand elements of Beowulf’s journeys. There is even a scale size dragon! Unfortunately, the accompanying book and score, as well as the action do not swell to the exciting crescendo that one would want to see.
However, running at just about 75 minutes, and full of whimsy, BEOWULF might just be the production to introduce slightly older children to not only musical theater, but epic adventure as well.
- Kessa De Santis -