Giulia repaired works of art until a controversy put her on the outs. Now her mentor, Professor Williams, has nominated her for the Holy Grail of restoration: cleaning Michelangelo's Goliath-sized statue of David. Claudia Shear's play moves on a predictable path. Along the way people talk about what the carrera manchild means to them. But the script has few builds or tensions. It simply moves forward, with little resistance or subtexts. Director Christopher Ashley and a talented cast (including Shear as Giulia and theater legend Alan Mandell as Prof. Williams, a gadfly Gielgud) can't particularize roles all that much. The set was bound to annoy, no matter the design. Since a 17-foot replica would steal focus, Scott Pask devised a monolith with parts of the statue protruding - a large hand here, genitalia there. One sees the exact sizes of each section. But the image overall feels incomplete, as does the play.
Ongoing until Sunday, July 19, 2009
|Sundays, 2pm & 7pm|
|Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm|