Sunday, December 11, 2011

Theater: Ain't Misbehavin' at Performance Netwok

It is actually something of a misnomer to call Performance Network's production of Ain't Misbehavin' theater as it is really a concert with the performers wearing period costumes and performing on a period set.

Unlike many musicals, which frustrate me because there is not enough plot to chew on, Ain't Misbehavin' dispenses with the pretense of a plot entirely. It turns out I like that better. It is more honest somehow.

The performers are top notch and the songs range from the serious to the hilarious. Some of them, indeed, were politically incorrect enough that you could feel the Ann Arbor audience cringe a bit, but it is good for them to be confronted with other views. And some of them, like the songs about missing nylons during World War 2, about prohibition, and about pot, provide nice history lessons.

And there are other reviews too, if you don't believe me.

In short, we both enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended.

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