Trending
MOST READ
Best Brunch

Best Brunch

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Dessert & Bakery: La Panaderia

Dessert & Bakery: La Panaderia

Flavor 2014: Los panaderos are in San Antonio. Brothers David and Jose Cacéres have opened the first of what could be many locations of La Panaderia, a concept the... 7/29/2014
Italian: SoBro Pizza Co.

Italian: SoBro Pizza Co.

Flavor 2014: If you build it, they will come. If you build it underneath their apartments, they’ll stop by for gelato, Napolitano pizzas and an excellent wine... 7/29/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Music: Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... By J.D. Swerzenski 9/17/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

Substance-less style drawn out in 1970s flashback Xanadu

Photo: , License: N/A

The cast of San Pedro Playhouse’s Xanadu.


Rodriguez also serves as director, and a certainly sluggishness weighs down the production; when I caught Xanadu in NYC (and on tour), it ran a zippy 95 minutes with no intermission. Here, it’s performed in two acts, which slows the momentum; the opening of the second act seems misplaced and unnecessary. The production works best when it finds a groove in the admittedly slight story. The score (largely composed by Jeff Lynne, of the Electric Light Orchestra) boasts a number of familiar, enjoyable tunes, including the barn-raising (or, rather, discotheque-raising) number “All Over the World.” Clearly, the evening’s climax is a goofy rendition of the deliriously dopey “Have You Never Been Mellow,” in which costume designer Kathrine Johnson demonstrates that there’s more to over-the-top ’80s campiness than just hideous tube socks. (And here’s a tip of the sweatband as well to set designer Alfry Valdez for a trip to Olympus on a Pegasus. A neat effect.)

I honestly appreciate that the Playhouse took a chance on something new and oh-so-gay — I mean, next up are A Christmas Carol and Oklahoma, which are neither. (Well, OK, maybe “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No.” And Dream Curly.) But compared to the Playhouse’s send-up of ’90s boy bands a few years back (Altar Boyz), Xanadu is a mixed-bag that could use more magic. •

 

Xanadu

$15-$25
Fri & Sat 8pm,
Sun 2:30pm
Russell Hill Rogers Theater
800 W Ashby
(210) 733-7258
sanpedroplayhouse.com
Through Oct 23

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus