Poor Virgil Thomson. The famous, award-winning composer -- he lived from 1896 to 1989 -- from midtown Kansas City hardly gets any respect in his home town and to add insult to injury, a new musical play about him in New York City just got a bad review in the New York Times.
It's not Virgil's fault that the show got panned -- it's the show! Virgil Thomson, who was as respected for his "incisive wit" and writing talents as
his musical compositions, is apparently not well-served by "Oh Virgil!
A Theatrical Portrait" by the creators of the show. The Times
reviewer, Neil Genzlinger, writes that although the play bills itself
as a "snapshot of one of the most remarkable, influential and
controversial artists," there's a problem in translation: "But that guy
never shows up. Instead some sour, self-absorbed old dude plants
himself on the stage: you're tempted to go up there and heave him into
the wings to make way for that erudite, multi-talented fellow you've
heard so much about."
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