Nevada County play ‘Revolution’ offers fun musical time travel
Special to the Union
I entered a time machine of sorts Friday night at the Nevada Theatre. I was there to see Legacy’s latest theatrical offering, “Revolution”.
The story line involves friends coming together once a year to put on a show to raise money to repair and maintain a decaying structure that served as a barn/bar/music club inherited by siblings Connie and Donny (Sue Legate Halford and Jonathan Lyerly), from their parents.
The Woodstock festival at Max Yasgur’s farm in August 1969 was the catalyst for introducing the siblings to other children of parents attending this iconic event. These new friends would embark on a trip west to California, with everyone eventually making their home in Bolinas, which is where the parents established a rock and roll venue in an old barn.
The plot line is almost unnecessary in this production. This music from the ‘60s takes one into a land of nostalgic adventure, almost completely negating the story line.
When I heard We Five’s song, “You Were On My Mind”, I immediately was taken back to 1965, when I suffered my first broken heart.
“California Dreamin’” by The Mama’s And Papas, elicited memories of that first mission in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, watching that line of choppers, as dawn was breaking, turning and dropping down, to load us up and take us into the unknown.
Like an idling locomotive, Van Morrison’s “Break On Through” creeped into a primal place that defies description. (Only Doors fans will understand…)
The closing number of the first act was John Fogerty’s “Proud Mary”, which featured Sue Legate Halford’s channelling of Tina Turner. This was the flame that lit the fuse. The performances from all of the cast members elevated in an intensity that carried over into the second act.
Melanie’s, “Brand New Key” was a crowd favorite (is it really about roller skating?), and was beautifully performed by Susan Perko (Angel).
Jonathan Lyerly is a magician. He produces horns and violins from somewhere within his enchanted guitar.
Dave Halford (Sam, rhythm guitar & vocals), Larry Casserly (Harry, bass guitar & vocals), and John Basa (JB the drummer), round out the ensemble and provide just the right notes to enhance one’s appreciation of the music.
The cast is made up almost entirely of musicians. But, actors aren’t really necessary in this production. It is all about the music. But, I would have preferred that when these musicians do have lines, that they use their microphones. Especially in the first act.
For those of you that enjoy time traveling, or just love listening to a live band while they rock the oldies, I suggest you join in the “Revolution.”
“Revolution” plays every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. from Friday through Oct. 8 at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.
Tickets for “Revolution” are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419.
Drue Mathies lives in Nevada City and likes plays.
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