I had meant to have a pre-show post, but time got away from me. In my defense, I went running. And to Valley Wine and Liquor for a gin tasting. And to dinner at Sorrento’s. Then to the show, which was Shattered Angel presented by Herkimer County Historical Society at Ilion Little Theatre.
The show was excellent. It was interestingly staged and emotionally involving. My steady diet of true-crime documentaries on television gave me a good perspective on the proceedings, as did my previous obsession with shows like LA Law and Boston Legal. I have a pretty good idea of how things may have transpired in a modern courtroom. But never mind my silly opinions and perspectives. Instead, here are a couple of pictures of the show (taken during rehearsal, of course. One does not like to take flash photos during a performance).
This shot was purely staged for the picture; the actual pose was never seen in the show. But that is appropriate, since the show is not precisely what went down in the courtroom. I believe I mentioned before how characters are combined and testimony condensed to give us the feel of the whole without simply presenting the transcript verbatim (have you ever been to a real trial? It sometimes takes a LONG time to get to the point).
I really enjoyed the performances. I’m too tired to give a real review, mentioning names and detailing specific parts deserving praise. But I guess that is appropriate for Lame Post Friday. Let’s just give a shout-out and drive on.
The play continues Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. I can’t guarantee they haven’t sold out, but if you’re local and want to take a chance, go to 13 Remington Ave., Ilion, NY. It’s a great show!