Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 5, 2008

Thoughts on Bomb-itty

Filed under: BOMB-ITTY — traverse02 @ 6:07 pm

Just got back from seeing Bomb-itty of Errors, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I was joking earlier in the week about it reminding me of a classic episode of Saved by the Bell where Zack and the gang do a rap version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Fortunately, it turned out to be something much more original and entertaining. Although I wasn’t really familiar with Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, I was able to pick up what they were putting down, for the most part. They kept me on my toes, that’s for sure. The performances were truly great, and the troupe managed to pull in the whole audience right from the start with that rousing prologue (what I consider to be the crowning achievement of the whole ordeal, those first few minutes were incredible). They showed great skill with verbal acrobatics and they fed off of the energy of the audience as well ( a far younger crowd than the one described from the Wednesday show), creating great moments for improv and such. I also enjoyed the music, but felt that it grew to be a little monotonous towards the end. Still, I am glad I had the opportunity to see it. I rank it right up there with the other modern adaptations of Shakespeare. The 2000 version of Hamlet still holds the top spot for me though, even though it is a completely different kind of beast. But you can’t get any better than Bill Murray as Polonious. — Raph

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April 2, 2008

WOW

Filed under: BOMB-ITTY — kariredmond @ 9:13 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you Erin! What an awesome show and an amazing cast! I was thoroughly impressed with the portrayal of Shakespeare’s storyline in this style! Like Allison said, 2 straight hours of running around, costume changes, and constant rapping?! Holy crap those actors slept well tonight! I was exhausted just watching them. One of my favorite parts of the show was watching the interaction of the actors with the audience (I wished we were sitting closer since I am pretty sure that besides us, the next youngest audience member was still well above 70!) Thanks again to Erin for putting together the backstage tour after the performance- what an opportunity to see “behind the scenes”! I might have to go back again because I enjoyed it so much! To be perfectly honest, when I read about the premise I thought it was going to be pretty cheesy (shakespeare and rap? how authentic can it be?) but it was awesome! I also liked the several references to current rap artists (and songs) that probably would have been picked up by a younger audience. 

Anyways.. go see it if you haven’t yet! If you are going again- let me know I might need to tag along! haha…

~Kari

March 31, 2008

Directions to Syracuse Stage

Filed under: BOMB-ITTY — erinlbowman @ 10:15 am

  • Traveling the New York State Thruway
    • 1. Exit onto Rt 81 south at Thruway Exit #36
    • 2. Follow the “Traveling South on Rt 81” directions below.

  • Traveling South on Rt 81
    • 1. Exit at Harrison/Adams Street, Exit #18
    • 2. Follow the Exit ramp to Adams Street. Turn left onto Adams Street.
    • 3. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Irving Avenue.
    • 4. Proceed to East Genesee Street. Syracuse Stage will be on your left, parking on your right.

  • Traveling North on Rt 81
    • 1. Exit at Harrison/Adams Street, Exit #18.
    • 2. At the traffic light, turn right onto Adams Street.
    • 3. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Irving Avenue.
    • 4. Proceed to East Genesee Street. Syracuse Stage will be on your left, parking on your right.

  • Traveling East on Rt 690
    • 1. Exit onto Rt 81 South.
    • 2. Follow the Exit ramp to Adams Street. Turn left onto Adams Street.
    • 3. At the second Traffic light, turn left onto Irving Avenue.
    • 4. Proceed to East Genesee Street. Syracuse Stage will be on your left, parking on your right.

  • Traveling West on Rt 690
    • 1. Exit onto Townsend Street at Exit #13.
    • 2. Turn left onto Townsend Street.
    • 3. Turn left onto East Genesee Street at the fifth traffic light.
    • 4. Turn right onto Irving Avenue. Syracuse Stage will be on your right, parking on your left.

If you have any other questions or interests in Syracuse Stage, please contact me or go to http://www.syracusestage.org .

Erin

Bomb-itty of Errors

Filed under: BOMB-ITTY — erinlbowman @ 10:00 am

I have 6 tickets for this Wednesday’s show. Rafe, Jess, Kari, Joyce, Mandi and I are all set to see the show and have a tour of the stage afterwards. I could only manage to get one parking pass, so if you would like to meet somewhere in Syracuse and ride with me, you won’t have to pay for parking, otherwise you will.

The show begins at 2pm so I would like to get there at 1:30 because parking can sometimes be crazy especially with all of the school buses there.  We will all meet in the lobby and I’ll have the tickets for you there. Let me know if you would like to ride with me. 315-415-3308.

Can’t wait!

Erin

March 30, 2008

Erin: Bomb-itty dates & times?

Filed under: BOMB-ITTY — jexter1 @ 2:56 pm

So, what’s the deal with the showing of Bomb-itty this week? I’d like to know as soon as possible, so I can plan my observation and work schedules around it. Thanks! 🙂

~Jessica

Bombitty

Filed under: BOMB-ITTY — allison @ 2:16 pm

EVERYONE GO SEE BOMBITTY! It is amazing.

I can’t wait to hear from the people who go to see it with the high schoolers. We should compare experiences. I wish I had gone to see it with the kids from Corcoran, but I didn’t think to ask soon enough.

There are so many teaching opportunities that come along with it. The male actors act in all of the female parts, just like in Shakespeare’s time! It was so funny! The jokes about rap and the music was awesome, but I think some of the references might be lost on older audience members who don’t follow pop culture. There were also some great references to shakespeare, though which might have been lost on the younger crowd. But for the most part, there was something for everyone.

The actors were incredible. There was no intermission and I can’t believe they had the stamina for such a high-energy two-hour performance. Truly admirable talent.

Overall, an amazing experience. I left saying that I might go see it again a few more times. My boyfriend and I laughed through the whole two hours. DON’T MISS THIS EXPERIENCE!!!

Allison

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