Saturday, February 6, 2016
All Things Beautiful
Even in the midst of the clamorous, ridiculous, so often tedious parade that is Facebook, sometimes something stops you in your tracks. This went past a few days ago, and I've just spent a considerable amount of time tracking it down so that, in case you missed it, you too can spend a little time in a glamor-induced trance.
This... what? Remix? Mashup? Fever dream? is at once a meditation on Sondheim's great work and a bittersweet, achingly beautiful look at what fame gives and takes away. It takes as its unspoken foundation the knowledge that Follies, in part, comes from the famous Life magazine photograph of Gloria Swanson in the rubble of the once-grand Roxy theatre. From that point, it launches into a threnody of stunning moments and heart-wrenching juxtapositions. It's as if David Lynch and Busby Berkeley collaborated on a home-movie tribute to the very idea of stardom, and if doesn't, at least once or twice, make you catch your breath, I think you have no heart.
And, as if that weren't enough, it has lovely little glimpses of everyone from Martita Hunt to Reta Shaw, and a great many in between. Shake off your weekend blues, if you have them, and go, for just a few minutes, off into the past, for a memorable night out with the greats...
This remarkable creation, FOLLIES @ THE ROXY, is by the very, very talented ed cachianes. Bravo!