The Sondheim Museum

Do you really want to circle these old tyrannosaurus bones one more time?

Torres, McNeely, and Hardcastle: A funny thing happened on the way to the bone heap.
Shel Shanak
Torres, McNeely, and Hardcastle: A funny thing happened on the way to the bone heap.

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Side by Side by Sondheim Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by J. Barry Lewis. With Terrell Hardcastle, Anna McNeely, Cecilia Isis Torres, and Craig D. Ames. Musical direction by Craig D. Ames. Presented through August 26 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-514-4042, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

As it is packaged for the bloodless and dangerously wealthy geriatrics who get bused into downtown West Palm Beach for the shows at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Side by Side is a calculated exercise in nostalgia. These audiences saw Company and West Side Story when they were new, and whatever inherent artistic value those shows once possessed has now surely been eclipsed by their value as nostalgia, as reminders of a time when these audiences were bright and vibrant people with busy social lives and a real emotional investment in the goings-on of the theater world. Who knows how these folks would respond if their local pro theater company were to stun them with, say, the goatier permutations of Edward Albee or some late-period Mamet. But it´s damned depressing that nobody´s willing to find out.

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