There's a scene in the final act of Joshua Williams' new romantic comedy, Valentine at Bellevue, when the six characters, all drinking heavily at a dinner party, have finished eating and are engaged wholeheartedly in a game of charades. As a significant part of the audience joins happily in the laughter, you might feel like the outsider who finds himself at a party where he either doesn't know anybody or doesn't belong to the "in" group or is the only non-drinker in a heavy-partying crowd. Actually, that's the way you might feel throughout much of the evening.
The Richardson Chamber Players continued its “Patronage Appreciated” concert series in Richardson Auditorium on Sunday afternoon with an unusual and eclectic program. In a series honoring America’s lesser-known, but just as influential, music patrons, this concert focused on the daughter of Isaac Singer, recognized as the inventor of the sewing machine. What better way to honor a “Singer” than with a series of “songs.” This particular program displayed a wide range of University faculty and student talent, augmented with members of local professional ensembles. The works built in complexity and instrumentation, starting with straight-forward arias from Bach cantatas with obbligato and piano continuo accompaniment, leading to instrumental and vocal song cycles of the 19th and 20th centuries.