So Civil War, Opera and Fun are not words you would expect to see in one sentence, but when it comes to Ulysses Grant: a Fluxkit Opera those three phrases apply. The ambitious program features Civil War songs, with texts by Grant and Gertrude Stein.
I knew it was going to be an interactive program as soon as General Lee invited me to be a part of the Army of Northern Virginia. I fought bravely, but like many confederate soldiers I died in the end. The audience participation moments were fun, but some of the best segments where when these outstanding singers had a chance to showcase their voices. And don’t let the word opera scare you off this interesting musical production featuries everything from Tango to Punk Rock
Overall the show is a bit uneven, with moments of laugh out loud humor, sweet serious songs and times when the production lags a bit. It is family friendly show. Young boys will enjoy being invited to battle with pop guns, and the southern bells buried inside all of us will look forward to a chance to dance with the dashing generals. There were a few technical issues where the music overpowered the sings, but I am sure that will get ironed out as the week progresses.
If you are on Mass Avenue this week, look for the Confederate and Union soldiers, accept their invitation to join their army and go see Ulysses Grant: a Fluxkit Opera
Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 6:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 1:30pm
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 9:00pm
Friday, August 21, 2015 – 9:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 10:30pm