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Titanic The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 7 2014

Peter Stone, who wrote the book for this 1997 Tony-winning musical, proclaims that "the central character in Titanic is the Titanic herself." He's correct, inasmuch as no human characters appear on stage. The ship is certainly stuffed with people, each to their class, as one of Maury Yeston's lyrics repeatedly insists. But about all those people do for two edifyingly dull hours is symbolize their social station. Spunky, plainspoken Kate from third class wants to improve her lot in America. Social-climbing Alice from second class simply must rub elbows with the millionaires in first class. And the interchangeable first-class passengers want nothing but to marvel at the achievements of the Gilded Age. Meanwhile, the ship's villainous owner stands around personifying Capitalist Greed, endlessly urging the captain to speed up so the Titanic will complete the crossing in six days. When not demonstrating their positions in the social hierarchy, the characters sing barely differentiable anthems praising the "ship of dreams" for its magnificence (Yeston's lyrics list, among other minutiae, the ship's total steel tonnage and the number of eggs brought on its maiden voyage). Continue reading >>

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