Inspired by the painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine joined forces to create the masterpiece, “Sunday in the Park with George”. It merges truths about love, life and the creation of art.
George is working on new work and struggling to make it meaningful. His relationship with his lover, Dot, starts as a simmer and quickly starts to boil (in the worst way possible). On top of trouble in paradise, the artistic community is not understanding George’s ability to create. Fast forward to a century later and George’s descendant (also named George) is an artist who is struggling to find his way. He eventually finds his answer when he looks to the past.
Erin Mackey who played Dot was magnificent. She was clear, concise and captivating. Each time she was on stage, you knew it because her presence was a force. When Randy Harrison (George) sang his songs had no emotion. His acting was much better in the second act but instead of feeling for him, I was uninterested. The rest of the cast was very good. Ann Michels who played Yvonne was silly and delightful. The cast froze throughout the show at different moments which added a layer that was welcomed. The orchestra led by Mark Hartman was lovely. It was delightful to see glimpses of them throughout the show up stage.
Overall I really enjoyed the show. “Sunday in the Park with George” is playing now through August 20th. For more information, take a look at: https://www.guthrietheater.org/
Rating: To Be