Monday, May 04, 2009

Broadway Monday

Exit the King Berenger I is sovereign to a decaying realm. His vast armies are dispersed, the walls are tumbling and even the palace washing machine has been pawned. His partner wife advises him that he has only the length of the play to live, while his trophy wife attempts to distract his attention from this distasteful reality.

This show is on the long list of possibilities for our trip this week to New York. The prospect of seeing Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush on stage had immediately put it at the top of the list, but now so many musicals have elbowed their way to the top....and you know I am a sucker for musicals!

Exit the King intrigued me from the beginning with it's timely story of a ruler who just won't leave even as death arrives to escort him away. It also presents a commentary on relationships and loyalty as his lawful wife is the only person left to help him make the transition to the other side, long after his mistress leaves his side.

One interesting feature in this 90 minute story is that Berenger I ages right before the audience's eyes through thoughtful and crafty staging, and costuming. That feature alone will most likely yield the show a Tony nod.

Exit the King is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with scheduled performances ending June 14, 2009.

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