Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hotel Cassiopeia: 10/09/2007

Anne Bogart must think crossing a stage is one of the most interesting of theatrical devices. In Hotel Cassiopeia, people move around the stage of the Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn as if it trying to avoid a ticket for loitering. But this movement falls far short of what you may call choreography and really only once, about 90% into the piece, cumulates in a tableau worthy of it's subject matter, artist Joseph Cornell. For someone with the experience of Ms. Bogart, it's almost shocking that she seems to have no idea how to stage Charles Mee's text. Ultimately, I wonder who the audience is for Hotel Cassiopeia? Or what was being attempted? It's not detailed enough to be educational on the under-known Cornell and if you know anything about Cornell there's really nothing new here. The fabulous biography of the artist, Utopia Parkway, would be a much better way to spend your time.

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