I don't know where to begin describing the loveliness of Goblin Market. Do I start with the whimsical, charming, and slightly creepy artwork of contemporary American artist Omar Rayyan, projected above the stage? Or with the imaginative and fantastical poetry of 19th Century English poet Christina Rossetti? Or the beautiful music composed by Polly Penn, who set Rossetti's most famous poem Goblin Market to music and created this musical along with Peggy Harmon? Or the gorgeous voices of charming performances of Krin McMillen and Christine Wade? Perhaps most lovely of all is the way all of these different artists and their art come together to form a magical little music/theater/poetry/art experience.
|Krin McMillan and Christine Wade (photo courtesy of Theatre Elision)|
Christine and Krin have individually beautiful voices that blend together beautifully in harmony on this lovely score (and they're unmiked, my favorite!). An onstage four-piece band (led by Harrison Wade on piano) accompanies them. A Victorian settee and an old trunk are the main set pieces, in front of draped fabric, which is really all that's needed to set the scene at the Crane Theater.
One more thing to note about Theatre Elision - all of their shows appear to be one weekend only, so plan accordingly. Three more chances to get lost in the Goblin Market, and then look ahead to what else is on their schedule this season.
|Titania's Bottom by Omar Rayyan|
|Bunny's Birthday Bash by Omar Rayyan|