Sunday Night Sondheim: Anyone Can Whistle – Cleo Laine

Though I don’t get her leopard “jumpsuit” or some of the staging, Cleo Laine really gives us a wonderful performance with this somewhat obscure song from a rarely produced Stephen Sondheim show with the same title: “Anyone Can Whistle”  Below the video I’ve attached several YouTube comments that are quite informative and insightful.

Question: I adore Sondheim and his work, and almost always understand it (even the most complex) but for some reason I never understood this song. Any explanations?

The character in the musical (Anyone Can Whistle) is singing about how she can do hard things without problem or error, but the simple things she wishes she could do, she cannot. "What’s hard is simple, what’s natural comes hard." She’s unable to let go of her troubles and she wishes someone could show her how to do that.

From what I read the song is allegorical to the composer’s own insecurities. How many other songs deal with this subject? A masterful yet simplistic and touching song.

I agree. I love it, it’s a shame that it’s so obscure.
I believe it’s about how for somewhat uptight people like Faye (the character), the most challenging things in life (dancing a tango, reading Greek) come natural to them because it actually requires heavy thinking. But an act as easy as whistling (which anyone can do), Faye can’t do it because all it requires is carefree-ness.

and of course whistling is also a metaphor for that simple thing of falling in love which she also finds hard even though she’s desperate to. such a wonderful way of putting it!

Makes me feel like shes packing up to go, maybe begin another life, another time and place, or leaving to go be herself and wander. Gives me hope somewhat in knowing so.

Remy Bumppo announces 2010/2011 Season

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REMY BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2010/2011 SEASON

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company Artistic Director James Bohnen and Executive Director Kristin Larsen announced today the company’s line up for its 14th consecutive year of think theatre:

 

  Night and Day  
      by Tom Stoppard
    directed by James Bohnen 
    September 22 – October 31
   
   The Importance of Being Earnest
      by Oscar Wilde
    directed by Artistic Associate Shawn Douglass
    November 24, 2010 – January 2, 2011
   
  The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
      by Edward Albee 
    directed by James Bohnen
    March 30 – May 8, 2011

All shows presented at the Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

Kids storytelling workshop to be offered by Adventure Stage and Victory Gardens

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Workshop Dates: March 30-31, April 1

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) and Victory Gardens Theater (VG) are partnering for a three-day storytelling workshop designed to keep kids engaged during the Chicago Public Schools’ spring break.

HOLIDAY DRAMA KIDS STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Tue.-Wed., March 30-31, 9am-1pm (snacks provided)
Thur., April 1, 9am-4pm (lunch provided)

VG’s Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

MORE INFO: In the workshop, kids will learn about various story genres, witness professional storytelling, write their own stories, practice storytelling in front of their peers, and ultimately perform their original stories on Victory Gardens’ stage for friends and family. Each workshop is $20 per day, per child. ASC Passport to Adventure holders save 25%. (For more information on ASC’s Passport to Adventure, visit www.adventurestage.org.) Workshop is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Registration is required and early registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact Adventure Stage Chicago’s Merissa Shunk at 773-278-7471 x173 or merissa@adventurestage.org to register today!