Jill SchaferCherry and Spoon
January 17, 2016
2015 was my 5th full year as a Twin Cities Theater Blogger, and I saw a record high 200+ shows. When I look at those numbers, or at my busy schedule, I sometimes think, why do I do this? Why do I devote all of my free time to this part-time job for which I don't get paid? And then I see a show that reminds me why I do this. That reminds me why I started going to theater, why I started writing about theater, why I think theater (and specifically music-theater) is the most beautiful and powerful art form we have. Lullaby is one such show. This new original play-with-music is everything I want music-theater to be: funny, smart, relevant, relatable, moving, poignant, with awesome songs and a brilliant cast and creative team pouring their heart and souls into the work. This is the first of 20 new works of "theater musically" that Theater Latte Da has committed to developing by 2020 in a project they're calling "Next 20/20.*" It's an exciting thing to create the future of music-theater, and Lullaby has set the bar high for this project. There are so many stories told in Lullaby it's hard to believe it's only about 90 minutes long. Stories of friendship, marriage, family, addiction, depression, and the power of music to heal. It's about people who meet each other when they need each other most. Cassie asks Thea to teach her to play the guitar so she can sing to her son, but there are deeper reasons why she needs the music. Thea is stuck in a relationship she's trying to get out of. Cassie's father Gabriel is so busy taking care of his daughter and his alcoholic wife that he doesn't take time for himself. Cassie's husband Craig struggles with depression, unable to get out of the hole he's crawled into. All of these people come together with difficult, messy, real relationships. Through it all, music is there to help them express their emotions, connect with each other, and heal, in the way that only music can.
Lullaby continues through February 7. If I haven't already convinced you that you need to see this beautiful, poignant, funny new work of music-theater, I'm not sure what else I can say. It's a must-see (and bring tissues).