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by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Night Flight
Moore Theatre
Through June 14


Night Flight, book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and adapted by Myra Platt, is currently at the Moore Theatre for a shortened run. Book-It usually doesn't do 'musicals,' although many of their productions have original music in them or musicians onstage. Every production is a 'world premiere' because each one is newly adapted from the book, rather than a play that has already been done before.

Each time is risky, though casting is usually excellently strong and production values are all well done. Night Flight is, as usual, excellently cast. A wonderful ensemble of actors is participating, and they are called upon to sing, in this 'operetta' style play. The voices of actors, such as John Bogar, John Patrick Lowrie, Sylvie Davidson, Tom Butterworth, and Lauren Kottwitz are good, strong singing voices. The musicians, a group of four - Marchette DuBois on accordion, Evan Flory-Barnes on double bass, Alex Guy on violin and viola, and Nina Darko Vukmanic on guitar - similarly played what sounds like a complicated score excellently. In addition, an experienced opera singer joins the cast, Ellaina Lewis, with a glorious voice and a beautiful and graceful form.

A creative set, with tall scaffolding and myriad stars, was designed by Matthew Smucker. Sound effects were contributed by Rob Witmer. Sound at The Moore is much different from the Center House (basement) stage, and was challenging for this production, with uneven amplification for actors and singers.

Joshua Kohl, of Degenerate Art Ensemble, wrote original music with lyrics by Myra Platt, and the tango-style compositions somewhat fit the location of the story in South America. There were few moments of defined, specific 'songs;' most of the music and singing flowed from one piece to another, with breaks. The choice to create an opera-style adaptation might have been a way of translating the lyrically poetic writing of Saint-Exupery to the stage. But frankly, the songs ended up slowing the action down instead of moving the story along.

The impression was of trying to give the story a grand operatic meaning. The problem is that the story did not come across as grand. Perhaps this is one of the books that defeat the 'Book-It treatment' to make it onto the stage. Sometimes, a story in a book must be torn far away from the book to make it work on stage. This story, of a long night waiting for various brave pilots to bring in the mail, through storms and mountainous terrain and with no radar, had little stage tension or plot. We did not get acquainted with many characters, except for the outwardly mean boss who rules with an iron fist in order to keep his pilots brave enough to fly, and the somewhat cowardly (or sensitive) new assistant who has to learn the ropes. The pilots were brave ciphers. We know they loved to fly, and found flying more important than those they left on the ground at home.

Everyone on stage tries so hard to make this work. They believe in what they are singing and you want to believe with them that it all means something. The production just never gets off the ground. For more information, go to www.book-it.org.

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