Cygnet Theatre does full justice to Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's eight Tony Award-winner about life through the eyes of repressed teens and the "spring awakening" of puberty. Melchior, Wendla, and Moritz (the latter two on a collision course with tragedy) are 14-15. The Cygnet cast comes close enough in age to remember when nature changed the rules. Every emotion's epic. They get mad angry. And when they dance, thanks to Michael Mizerany's excellent choreography they try to stomp holes in the floor. Director Sean Murray shows once again he's one of San Diego's foremost directors of musicals. And the design work makes good use of the theater's intimate space, especially a U-shaped wreath of dry, thorny branches overhead. At a particularly poignant moment, lighting designer Chris Rynne jets a splotch of red on the crown of branches.
Ongoing until Sunday, April 27, 2014
|Sundays, 2pm & 7pm|
|Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm|