Last night, my fella and I went to see Beauty and the Beast at the Synetic Theater. Of course, I had to dress the part wearing my Heidi Daus black rose necklace and my new Betsey Johnson Chapter by Chapter clutch.
I’m included two trailers that are slightly different and if you take a moment to view them you’ll see what they meant when they advertised a “Gothic romance”. The theatrical effects including shadow puppetry, the athleticism of the actors, and the gorgeous staging helped to retell this classic story. It was dark, bewitching, and a bit eerie. Nothing of this production felt Disney-like :D
The story begins with a crow… a talking crow although she reminds us that crows don’t talk. She tells the story of a girl in the woods who draws the attention of a handsome young prince. Because she wasn’t the “princess type”, the prince’s family is furious and asks him what he’s done. The prince cries “witch” stating that he was bewitched into falling for her. So the not-so-sensible royal family burns her to death! But perhaps young Emmeranne was a witch because her energy transforms into our crow-narrator and the prince is cursed and becomes a beast. The story then becomes somewhat traditions—Beast must get Belle to fall for him; bookish Belle resists until…
Witch Emmeranne, who has the only speaking role of the entire performance, really had me on her side. I mean, she did burn to death because of him and they had been in love!
The ending is purposely cryptic and my fella and I spent our drive home and parts of today discussing *what really happened*… of course Belle falls for the Beast but is it too late? There is a great deal of time overlap and what may have been reality but then it may have been a fairy tale. In all Beauty and the Beast versions, I’m always fussy about when the Beauty falls for the Beast he transforms into a prince or king (blah blah blah… how banal!) I want the Beast to stay the Beast and be loved just the way he is. But no, that isn’t how this story goes… or is it? There is a dying scene and Belle does appear to arrive too late… but then there is a transformation with the Beast becoming a king and dancing with Belle… but then Witch Emmeranne ends just how she begins. “Fairy tales aren’t real. Neither are talking crows”.