Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Story behind Handel's Messiah Comes to Gordon’s Theatre

Joyful Noise, a play by Tim Slover, makes its North Shore premiere this week at Gordon’s Margaret Jensen Theatre in the Barrington Center for the Arts. Directed by Jeff Miller, distinguished professor and chair of theatre arts, the play reflects Jeff’s consistently professional and creative touch, inviting some fine performances from students getting ready to graduate and a few who are (happily) just beginning their careers at Gordon. My husband and I saw the play opening night—along with a few friends from the community (including a local newspaper editor)—and we all marveled both at the masterful language Slover used to convey Handel’s struggle as an artist as well as the solid timing of the actors.
This production is another great reason to go to the theatre; not only are there important questions raised about the tension between sacred versus spiritual art, but there are moving (and surprising) reminders of grace. Performances run every night this week, twice on Saturday. Don’t miss it! Besides, this year marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death . . . and this show will make you glad he lived long enough to give the world his Messiah.

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