Natural Theatricals Fables For The TablesBy Laura & Mike Clark • May 13th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Fables For The Tables [MP3 2:09 1MB].
219 Restaurant, Alexandria, VA
Sundays through June 22
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of Fables For The Tables, performed by the Natural Theatricals at the 219 Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. We saw the performance on Sunday afternoon May 11, 2008.
Mike: Natural Theatricals presents song and story to accompany 219 Restaurant’s renowned Sunday brunch fare in the restaurant’s elegant 19th century Victorian setting. Join storyteller Paula Alprin, vocalist Alexandra Lajoux and percussionist Earl Richardson for an original program. All the songs and stories share a percussion motif. No cover charge, but you must have brunch to have access to the performance.
Laura: This was a rather arty show. Paula Alprin as the story teller was very enthusiastic as was Alexandra Lajoux, the vocalist. They put their heart and soul into it. It did take place at a restaurant so they did have some sound issues to work through.
Mike: I also enjoyed Earl Richardson, the percussionist. He had several different percussion instruments that he played to complement, as well as to supplement the stories. There were four songs and two stories told. The two stories were both told by Paula Alprin. The singing was done by Alexandra Lajoux. The thing I thought was interesting was where does a story become a fable? A fable is going to have a moral of some sort. The art in these different numbers come from whatever moral you can get out of it. In the first song, Drum Drama, the moral could be follow your heart and do what you want to do. The others were along the same lines. There were some pretty bad puns in a couple of the stories. The one that jumped at me was “the scene of the climb” in the Prince and The Piper.
Laura: So for a different theatrical experience, keep in mind the 219 Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. They are having the Sunday Brunch and Fables For The Tables show through June 22nd. The performance starts at 2 PM and lasts about forty-five minutes.
Mike: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.