With “The Dutchman” and other widely recorded songs, Michael Smith created emotional realities that let you feel along with his characters.
But the Joads are still driving a clunker.
Frank Galati’s adaptation of the Steinbeck novel doesn’t find a way ‘in and in and in.’
Also discussed: the genius of John Steinbeck, the eternal human battle between good and evil, and the challenges of adapting an 800-page novel for the stage.
Kokandy Productions presents an amiably bad production of Loving Repeating, Frank Galati and Stephene Flaherty’s chamber musical about Gertrude Stein.
A failure to focus mars Steppenwolf Theatre’s The March
Frank Galati is a noted specialist in the work of Gertrude Stein: he’s directed the Stein-Virgil Thomson operas The Mother of Us All and Four Saints in Three Acts for Chicago Opera Theater, and his 1987 tribute to Stein and Picasso–She Always Said, Pablo, produced by the Goodman–lingers in my memory as one of the […]