"As Bees in Honey Drown" at Rising Action a Parable on the Temptations of Fame

As Bees in Honey Drown is a witty satire on the vagaries and temptations of fame in the late ‘90s, on the apparent necessity of personal reinvention, and on the impossible reconciliation of art and commerce. It remains compelling until the climax, even if the show's cynicism is ultimately too softened.

Alexa Van der Vere (Amy McKenna) is a carelessly wealthy, globetrotting record producer with a jet-black, Anna Wintour-style bob and a propensity to name-drop celebrity acquaintances. She targets and seduces young, almost-famous creative types so she can... what, exactly? We don't know until the second act; we just know something is up.

Her latest patsy is Evan Wyler, a Proust-reading gay novelist played with perfect bushy-tailed naiveté by Andrew Wind.

The production is backed by a mostly strong ensemble and above-average sound and lighting design. Under Avi Hoffman's guest direction, As Bees in Honey Drown is the sound of an artistically struggling theater making a significant leap forward.

 
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cljahn
cljahn

This review seems to be missing the actual review.  Did someone's dog eat it? Did some editor use it to wipe their ass?  I know Thomason can write a proper review, so WHERE IS IT?WHY or HOW was the play's cynicism softened?What makes this a "strong ensemble?"  Is it because of  Hoffman's "guest direction?"What marks the sound and lights as "above average?"How is this "a significant leap forward?"  You might as well have just printed the program. Seriously, you've told us NOTHING useful. "Amy played this role, Andrew played THAT role, it was compelling but too softened."  That doesn't even MEAN anything!

Someone didn't do their job.  And the readers get screwed because of it.

cljahn
cljahn

BTW, since I know John can write, and since the stumpy bits are well-written, I'm assuming that the damage was done by some pathetic excuse of an editor.  Send whoever it was back to intern limbo and hire a grown-up to handle editing tasks.  We'll all be better for it.

 
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