The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Ragtime, a musical based on E. L. Doctorow’s novel., through August 4th. Bob and I saw the original Broadway production and have seen several productions since. However, this production creates a unique experience. The intimacy of the Mac-Haydn Theatre brings the audience into the play as the large and diverse cast surrounds the audience just as the audience surrounds the stage. John Saunders’ direction and the choreography of Sebastiani Romagnolo evoke this moment in American history with a reality and grace that transports you back in time, while the play seems more relevant than ever. The score by Flahery and Abrens and the book by Terrance McNally are as wonderful as one remembers. However, some of the scenes such as those with the immigrant Jewish Father and his daughter bring tears, not only about what was happening back then, but what is happening now. When the character of Mother sings, “We can’t go back to before,.” or Coalhouse Walker sings, “Make them hear you,” the songs have new meaning.
Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Fhodes-Devey, Gabe Belyeu and Tryrell Reggins before the show. Click on this link to hear the interview Ragtime Interview
That this production has such a short run is too bad so click on Mac-Haydn Theatre website or call 418-392-9292 quickly for tickets.
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