Friday, September 29, 2006

NYMF Review - The Screams of Kitty Genovese: 09/29/2006

There are some truly thrilling moments in The Screams of Kitty Genovese, which is being presented as part of The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Surprisingly, none of those moments are musical. The Screams of Kitty Genovese tells the story of the night that Kitty Genovese was murdered in Kew Gardens, Queens, while her neighbors ignored her screams for help. This tabloid story was used as an example of the apathy of New Yorkers. The story had the potential for a very gripping piece of musical theatre that unfortunately is never realized. Ten actors portray Genovese’s unresponsive neighbors, each with their own reasons, excuses and guilt over their indifference. Only occasionally does their story approach the real emotion at its root. More often it is just the mundane details of that fateful evening. Stirring far more emotion is the evening’s saving grace: a tremendously moving performance by Sheri Sanders in the title role.

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