Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Quick Hit Review: Bossa Nova -- Yale

Francesca Choy-Kee and Libby Woodbridge in Bossa Nova. Photo © Joan Marcus, 2010.

What: Bossa Nova, by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Evan Yionoulis. The relationship between submissive daughter, Dee (Francesca Choy-Kee)
and controlling mother Lady (Ella Joyce) comes to a head in this well- written study of broken dreams, forgiveness and standing up for what you believe is right.

Memories of her experiences at a New England boarding school flood back when Lady announces that she's sending her other daughter, Jane (Malenky Welsh) to the mostly-white school where Dee never fit in.

When: The run concludes Saturday, Dec. 18.

Where: Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel St. at York Street).

Who Will Enjoy this?: Anyone who has had a controlling parent, a failed relationship or who has struggled with taking a stand.

Highlights:
Grace Mahoney as Dee's quirly artist roommate at the school is a hoot. She's funny and sad all at once. Michael Cabot gives an affecting performance as the jazz worshipping teacher with whom Dee becomes romantically involved.

Lowlights: Part of the plot that is supposed to come as a surprise was telegraphed by a flubbed line the night I saw the show, though things seemed pretty obvious by that point any way.

Note: Mature subject matter.

Tickets range from $10 to $85 and are available online at http://www.yalerep.org/, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office, 1120 Chapel St. at York Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

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