|at 51 (Mark Benninghofen and|
André Shoals, photo by Dan Norman)
|at 25 (JuCoby Johnson and Tyler Michaels King)|
(photo by Dan Norman)
|at 16 (Austen Fisher and Jon-Michael Reese, photo by Dan Norman)|
As always with Theater Latte Da, the program contains excellent dramaturgical information (dramaturg Elissa Adams) about male ballet dancers, the timeline of the AIDS epidemic, and the love story between composer John Cage and dancer Merce Cunningham, an inspiration for this play and for the characters. The title of the play is taken from a love letter from Cage to Cunningham* "this gravity elastic feeling to let go and fall together with you is one thing, but it is better to live exactly where you are with as many permanent emotions in you as you can muster."
To Let Go and Fall is a beautifully nostalgic and melancholy play. It's all-consuming for 80 minutes and leaves one with a lovely wistful feeling. See it at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis through the end of June, with post-show discussions after Thursday and Sunday performances. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
*And I just learned what another lyric of RENT's "La Vie Boheme" means: "Ginsberg, Dylan, Cunningham and Cage." Nice that I can still learn new things about my favorite musical after 23 years.