The Golden Apple (stage review)

New from The Movie Snob.

The Golden Apple  (B).  Blink and you’ll miss it.  This is the final weekend for Irving’s Lyric Stage’s production of The Golden Apple, a 1954 musical that received much critical acclaim at the time but has never been revived on Broadway.  I was attracted to it when I read that it was loosely based on The Iliad and The Odyssey.  I thought it was quite enjoyable, although perhaps not as good as I was hoping it would be.  In the early 1900s, Ulysses and his merry band of veterans return to the small Washington town of Angel’s Roost from fighting in the Spanish-American War.  But Ulysses’s reunion with his wife Penelope is short-lived when a traveling salesman named Paris absconds with Helen, wife of Sheriff Menelaus.  Ulysses rallies his comrades to bring Helen back from the big, wicked city of Rhododendron, and although they succeed in their quest, they are quickly seduced by the vices of the big city.  Will Ulysses ever return to faithful Penelope?  Good performances all around, but Penelope blows everyone else off the stage with her operatic power.  (Actress Kristen Lassiter is a two-time regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.)  It’s a little racy in spots, so I’d guess it would be about a PG-13 under the movie rating system.

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