Today the Green Room Award nominations were announced. These are state-wide awards for theatre for the last 12 months and we have had a lot of fantastic theatre here in Melbourne in 2009.
That's why I am so amazed to see the following listing:
August: Osage County – Melbourne Theatre Company
Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd - Malthouse Theatre/Arena Theatre Company
Knives in Hens – Malthouse Theatre/State Theatre Company of South Australia
When the Rain Stops Falling - Brink Productions/Melbourne Theatre Company in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival
3xSisters - The Hayloft Project
'Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd' was one of the most agonising visits to the theatre I've ever experienced. Sue-Anne shared my sentiment and we both felt compelled to leave at interval. I, in my ignorance, insisted we should stay for ACT 2 because it had to get better. But I was wrong. It got even more confusing, muddied, melodramatic, uncomfortable, drawn out, and messy. Yet reviewers called it "a deeply accomplished work, darkly beautiful theatre" and described all of the performances as "exhilarating".
To quote Mark Twain, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like"... and I didn't like this show at all... Yet it has at least five nominations in different categories!To group this show together with nominations that include 'Avenue Q', 'Jersey Boys', 'Chicago' is frankly, astonishing.