According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Light in the Piazza

The lights come down, a spotlight rests in the middle of the stage, a character walks onstage, and the set literally parts for her. You can't help but get excited as her presence is felt all over the theatre. She is Margaret Johnson - played by the extremely talented Victoria Clark. She is the brightest star in The Light in the Piazza.

Margaret Johnson is a well-off mother who is on vacation in Florence with her mentally challenged daughter, Clara. Amid all the chaos of love-struck couples, and confused women, Margaret seems the most composed of them all. It is not until the second act, we find out that Margaret is indeed the most "lost" (both emotionally and geographically).

Victoria Clark's presentation of this confident, yet conflicted character is one you must see to truly feel. Her presence on stage commands your attention and her heartfelt acting leads you on an emotional roller coaster right alongside her.

The Light in the Piazza features entire scenes in Italian which make you feel right at home with the characters. It also boasts a talented cast and a beautiful score. But if you really want to see something original, unique, and completely creative, go to see Victoria Clark as Margaret Johnson. Through her, you will see The Light in the Piazza.

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