St Ann's Warehouse
St Ann's Warehouse45 Water Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
For 34 years, St. Ann’s Warehouse has commissioned, produced, and presented a unique and eclectic body of innovative theater and concert presentations that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll. Since 2000, the organization has helped vitalize the Brooklyn Waterfront in DUMBO, where St. Ann’s Warehouse has become one of New York City’s most important and compelling live performance destinations
I saw "946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips" last night. I saw what must have consumed an enormous amount of rehearsal, with good music, dance, and performers who seemed able to do just about anything. It dealt with big themes: war, growing up, falling in love, tragedy, and things to be happy about. As an animal lover, I really cared for Tips the cat. I so wish, though, that it had been very much better. A wonderful opportunity was wasted, considering what they had to work with. The vulgar sight gags, off-color jokes, the elaborate silliness that seemed to have no purpose but to make somebody look stupid and get people to laugh--there seemed to be vast quantities of all that. Lily makes fun of the evacuee she later falls in love with; in a sense, she bullies him. If you have a great story to tell, stick to the point and tell it straight, simply, honestly. No cheap slapstick. No put-ons. We don't need to see how many faces you can make for no reason except to camp things up. I see this show has gotten raves, and a word that has been used is "truthful," or something like it. Why? There were some very good moments, but they were lessened by a desire to avoid having a really big, unalloyed, honest feeling. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth--that we didn't get. I'm sure I could say more, but this is it for now. What a disappointment from such a mountain of ability, resources, potential.