Ron and I caught the second installment of the VoixDeVille series at Indigo at the Atlas Theater Saturday night. Scott Burgess (left) is the emcee and put together a terrific lineup for the evening.
After Burgess played and sang a couple of numbers, Vijai Nathan, a terrific storyteller did a piece about trying, as an Indian-American girl, to adapt to her Jewish fiance’s family. Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater did a lovely set of early 20th century songs. Later Jaster played the musical saw accompanied by Burgess on guitar. Karen Bariss did some delightfully un-slick magic*, and Terri Allen, Lonny Smith, and Justin Ritchie performed selections from their forthcoming show (which at present seems to be titled In Full Light), accompanied by Alex Tang.
Burgess has expressed the fact that he was influenced by Ed Sullivan as a child and it clearly shows in the variety of the assembled talents. And of course, the best part is that if an act isn’t to your taste it will soon be over and something new will be up.** A series like this ultimately depends on the taste of the booker, and from what I saw, this venture seems to be off to a good start.
* I am long-inured to the fact that if I want to see stage magic, I have to go without Ron. However, he really enjoyed her act.
** I always think of Charlene James-Duguid saying that in the bygone days of the Source Theater Festival she could always get her husband Jim to the evenings of ten-minute plays for this very reason.