Controversial topics in theatrical productions have an odd effect on audiences. Some people come to the theatre to escape the problems of the real world, and some come expecting to see the stereotypically bright and shiny golden age musicals. So when either of these people walk into a show like the South Bend Civic Theatre's production of Between Riverside and Crazy, they are in for an unexpected surprise.BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND at South Bend Civic Theatre May 15, 2019
The South Bend Civic Theatre's production of On Golden Pond opened this past weekend with a surprising amount of seats sold for a show that I assumed wasn't well known. The house in the theatre's Wilson Auditorium was almost completely filled with eagerly awaiting audience members admiring yet another beautiful set by Jeff Barrick that emphasized a nostalgic and charming tone even before the show began.BWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE at SOUTH BEND CIVIC THEATRE April 17, 2019
I find it a shame that plays aren't attended as much as musicals are. While I understand the mindset behind people who would rather gamble their money on tickets to shows that they've heard of before as opposed to ones they haven't, it leaves a great number of people to miss out on amazing storytelling and performances. I was reminded of this after seeing a Saturday night performance of Grand Concourse at the South Bend Civic Theatre.