Among other ludicrously euphemistic touches, the grievously crippled Porgy, who in the opera must ride around on a goat-drawn cart, now walks on his own with what Ms. Parks calls "a modest cane," suggesting that there's nothing wrong with the poor fellow that couldn't be fixed up by a visit to his friendly neighborhood chiropractor. Diedre L. Murray has done comparable damage to the score, tarting up some numbers, "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'" (pardon me, "I Got Plenty of Nothing") in particular, almost beyond recognition. Her musical tampering is tasteless, condescending and, above all, unnecessary: Anyone who thinks that George Gershwin's great score needs to be "modernized" in order to make it palatable to Broadway audiences is by definition unqualified to touch a note of it.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
... Porgy and Bess | God of Carnage | A Porgy for Prigs | Theater Review by Terry Teachout - WSJ.com.