While Rorschach's production of Beauty and the Beast doesn't have singing silverware, flirtatious furniture or dancing dinner plates, it does have a one last magical servant of The Beast's, who keeps him company in this after-the-failed-fairy-tale story.
She's a quirky, upbeat and particularly chatty lamp, named "Only" (thanks to a random dictionary choice) and actually has a hat that lights up, underscoring her magical nature [and potential] as well as the hope and dreams within her. In her own way, she helps bring the truth to light, (again - very sorry!), including truths about herself. This delightful and layered character is being played by our dear Ms. Reichelt - and getting great reviews on her performance to boot!
Here's a blurb remix (multiple blurbs, re-blurbed into one):
Much of what I've seen with regard to this particular production of Glassheart, and the talented cast, shows a fun and creative approach to both the craft and in bringing the story to magical life.
Here's an excerpt from a (somewhat cheeky) review by the Washington City Paper, explaining a little more of the thrust of the play:
In Glassheart... (the Beast) has traded in his castle for a Chicago walk-up, the kind bookstore clerks can afford. This we know because the sleep-deprived manic pixie dream girl who just moved in next door has come to work in a bookstore. The beast’s lamp—apparently the last of the walking, talking home appliances who like their master yearn to be restored to human form—is determined to play matchmaker because, as you’ll recall, only true love can break the curse that reduced a shallow prince to a drooling, shedding, feral monster, at least part of the time.I must recommend reading this review HERE by the MDTheaterGuide for a great overview. As it discusses the performances more than the actual story it's difficult to clip excerpts to be posted out of context that still make sense, so just go read it. Although brief, it explains a lot of the nuances of the story as portrayed by the company.
Even though this retelling is set in a modern apartment in downtown bustling Chicago, with the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale front and center and the small, but obvious impossibility/magic of Lamp/Only a crucial part, it would be easy to feel this was disconnected from the real world, but one of the things I love most about it is how very "now" this play feels. Somehow it is both magical yet modern. Tweeting, Facebooking and "Vining" various aspects of the production help that too, giving it a life beyond the performance space.
Take a look at some of the tweets from the rehearsals (you can get a personal behind-the-scenes look and meet the cast - with extra fairy tale questions bonus! - via Megan HERE), along with some more great performance shots (note: the rose pot is the last remnant of the Beast's castle, so you can intuit a little more significance when you see it in the photos):
|Had to add this one, even though it wasn't technically in the rehearsal tweets!|