I've just returned from an amazing two days in Minneapolis, where I was celebrating opening weekend of "Song of Extinction" at the Guthrie with the fabulous folks at Theater Latte Da. (All these beautiful photos are by Michal Daniel!)
|Max Forrestal plays his "Song of Extinction."|
Peter Rothstein did a wonderful job directing! The production features beautiful performances from a stellar cast -- which includes poet-scholar-actor David Mura as Khim Phan and real-life high school student and cellist Dan Piering as Max Forrestal, Carla Noack and John Middleton as Lily and Ellery Forrestal, Garry Geiken as Gill Morris, and Matt Rein as Dr. Joshua Dorsey.
The music, the set, the sound design and the art design were all fantastic. And the reviews have been pretty darn fantastic, too...
|Khim Phan remembers.|
All the right notes: Theater Latte Da’s ‘Song of Extinction’ a touching triumph
“…filled with compassion for its characters and a delicate touch that makes [Song of Extinction] a very moving drama… To the credit of author Lewis and director Peter Rothstein, no point is belabored, no audience member bludgeoned with a message. For a work with so many layers, it’s nevertheless almost minimalist in structure, its dialogue convincingly realistic, its tone admirably restrained.” — Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Song of Extinction at the Dowling Studio: Examining the death of a family
“Making his professional debut, Piering gives a natural, nuanced performance as Max. His anger and pain are always near the surface and explode at the smallest provocation, but Piering never moves into melodrama. His focus fuels several of the show’s best moments, especially the final minutes, when the cello comes out of the case and Max finally is able to get beyond his anger and into his sorrow. The piece, composed by longtime Latte Da music director Denise Prosek, reflects that perfectly, while Piering plays it as Max would—full of anger and passion.” — Ed Huyck, City Pages
‘Song’s’ refrain: Simple story, complex emotions
“…90 minutes of poignant worthiness … Rothstein’s second small jewel of the year… [He] shows us his articulate understanding of drama that gets inside the human psyche.” — Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
Song of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage
“This piece is intense, rich, affecting… [David] Mura lends the play understated resonance… Also first rate are John Middleton and Carla Noack as the Forrestals… Anyone raising a teen-ager knows how illogically volatile they can be and Dan Piering, as Max, captures this gorgeously.” — John Olive, How Was The Show?
|Ellery Forrestal looks in at his wife, Lily.|
|Khim and Lily.|