Songs like “Mama Who Bore Me,” “All That’s Known” and “The Bitch of Living” aid in weaving the story’s theme together, while “The Guilty Ones” builds upon the climax after protagonists Melchior and Wendla (played by Sarah Stevens and Trey Gerrald, pictured) hook up, which has dreadful consequences. Other characters—like Melchior’s best friend, Moritz, and their mutual friend Ilse—draw the audience into this tragic world, spinning viewers on an emotional roller coaster.
Spring Awakening, which originally opened on Broadway in 1996, was adapted from a controversial 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind. However, the theme remains poignant and racy 120 years later. In national reviews of this touring production, critics making mention of a few audience members leaving after Act I because of the production’s provocative, if not demanding content—so fair warning to those of delicate sensibilities. But those ready for a challenge—and that’s what theater does when it’s at its best— surely will be rewarded.
Date: Jan 14, 2011
Time: 8 p.m.;
Address: 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 84112
Where: Kingsbury Hall