Prepare to examine the relationships you have, the the interactions others have with you as the Virginia Repertory Theatre presents Closer Than Ever. A musical by Richard Maltby and David Shire, Hanover Tavern will be the home for the most emotionally charged musical of the holiday season.
Closer Than Ever, the 1989 Off Broadway classic, became an instant hit and was recently revived in New York City to great reviews. The show is not a traditional production for the holidays; nor is it a plot-driven musical.
If you have seen Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown, Closer Than Ever would appear to be similar in style - a simple stage set with a compilation of musical monologues. These individual pieces aren’t necessarily related to one other – each has its own story. For example, Songs for a New World is more about exploring the unknown future, whereas Closer Than Ever offers more of a reflective sentiment.
Closer Than Ever is a two-act musical revolving around emotions and relationships, but not in the traditional sense. Susan Davenport, Director of Communications of Virginia Repertory Theatre, found the show to be an interesting pick for the season. “It’s like someone looking back in their lives and thinking about their relationships and friends and trying to make sense of it all.”
The play even ventures into same-sex relationship issues, which we here at GayRVA always love to see.
Closer Than Ever will be performed Thursdays through Sundays at Hanover Theater, December 13th through January 6, 2013. Tickets, priced from $35—$42, can be purchased at VA Rep or at (804) 282-2620.
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