There is a quote from the Kingston Whig Standard that appears prominently on the cover of the program for Blue Canoe‘s production of “Nine”: “imaginative, energetic and engaging”. Although I have no idea which former show this statement pertains to, it is most certainly suitable for this one, as well.
“Nine”, book by Arthur Kopit and music/lyrics by Maury Yestin, is the story of 1960’s Italian filmmaker Guido Contini, who is facing the simultaneous breakdown of both his professional and personal lives. The tale unravels at a very quick pace, so you best pay attention if you hope to keep up, as there is little exposition or breathing room to provide any opportunity to catch up. The narrative is neither linear nor straightforward, so those audience members who fall behind, are likely to be left behind. Those, on the other hand, who follow along keenly will reap the benefits of some very rich and clever writing. (more…)