ART AND LIFE: Theater and reality mix for
commedia dellšarte figures Ruffiana (Barbara Hatch, front) and
Pantalone (Jeff Davis) in Westwind Repertory Company's production
of George Herman's "A Company of Wayward Saints," playing for
one more weekend in the Hun School theater.
A Company of Wayward Saints, this fall's
offering from the Westwind Repertory Company, takes on the daunting
task of portraying no less than the history of humanity, on stage
at the Hun School theater. In stylized commedia dell'arte attire
and characterizations for the first act, then with masks off in
the second act, the nine-member Westwind ensemble portrays a company
of struggling, squabbling actors. This is humanity: self-centered,
putting up a false front, constantly forced to improvise with
dwindling resources, wanting to find its way back home.
The theme of Friday night's New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert
in Richardson Auditorium seemed to be "imperial"
Anton Arensky, whose Variations opened the concert was
among the last composers of Imperial Russia, and Mozart and Beethoven
were certainly imperial composers of their times. Throughout these
three works, conductor Neeme Järvi maintained an orchestral
style that was precise, elegant and full of humor.