Saturday, September 25, 2010
I had heard good things about the Adobe Theatre here on the north end of Albuquerque but never yet attended a production. Last night Bill and I saw their performance of George Bernard Shaw's Candida. It was definitely worth a night on the town with a toothache (thanks be for analgesics).
We were spoiled by the intimate venues of the Aurora Theatre and Shotgun Players in the East Bay and by the quality of productions by those companies plus the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the California Shakespeare Company. The intimate nature of the Vortex Theatre has always made me feel at home. So does the Adobe Theatre which is both intimate and has comfortable seating.
But the play's the thing. Aurora put on one play by Shaw every season so we had grown accustomed to his wordy but always fascinating dramas. I looked forward to this and was not disappointed.
The set was very appropriate and well done and the staging seemed to flow seamlessly. The acting was first-rate with a nice sense of ensemble performance. As with true classics, the issues seemed relevant to our own day. It was an absolute treat. Bill feels motivated to get his hands on the text and read it so he can savor what we heard last night.
This is not a true review and I pray y'all's indulgence for that but it is a hearty recommendation.
So, if you are in the Albuquerque area, consider heading over to the Adobe Theatre. Candida will be playing Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 10. More information at their main site.