Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dog Day Afternoon adapted and directed by Francisco Solorzano

In addition to great reveiws from The New York Times and others:
Loved it! Stunned by how well it was done…different than the movie! Just terrific!!!

Drama Desk - The Siegal Colum
This Dog Has Its Day!
The Barefoot Theatre Company took on a mighty challenge recently in turning Sidney Lumet's famous film Dog Day Afternoon into an Off-Off-Broadway play. The movie, after all, was created as much in the editing room as it was by the performance of its extraordinary cast led by Al Pacino. But damn if they didn't put on a rough and ready version of that script; this was a vibrant and exciting piece of stagecraft that deserves to be remounted in front of a larger audience.
Even more impressive was his tight, muscular direction of the piece done with a large, talented cast in one intermissionless act . Solorzano also cast himself in the Pacino role of Sonny, throwing himself into it with gleeful zest. Simply put, we were mighty impressed with this production.
I had the rare fortune to see the play before I saw the Sidney Lumet film. Knowing next to nothing about the movie or story, I was touched by the relationships in the play – characters stuck with each other, dealing with instant fame, threat to life and limb and discovering what their life choices had led to (not just Sonny and Sal but all of the bank employees). Intrigued, I put the film on my Netflix to see more…. Sidney Lumet's film is in indeed a masterpiece, and very much, as the reviewer notes, a time capsule of the turmoil of the 1970's. But this play is not about that – and why I imagine the "Attica" scene was cut – the focus was on the characters and the compressed environment they were living in. What better place to explore that than the intimate setting of the theatre stage.
I highly recommend seeing this extremely well-acted and sharp production. But if you've seen the movie, don't expect to relive the social turmoil of the 1970's – that was done. This stage adaptation focuses on something more universal: the characters and their inescapable environment. - Mark von Sternberg (posted at New York

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