First Nighter: Lengthy-Named Revolution... Musical Not Worth Its Title's Length

August 14, 2014 9:35 PM

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First Nighter: Lengthy-Named Revolution... Musical Not Worth Its Title's Length

Helpful word has reached me about the musical longwindedly called Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson House Painter, now having its extravagantly baffling world premiere at the Minetta Lane. Apparently, it's the reaction of creator librettist-composer-lyricist Ivar Pall Jonsson (from his story with brother Gunnlaugar Jonsson) to the 2008 financial crisis as it hit his Iceland home.

Good to know, but what hasn't reached me is helpful word on how the average audience member--I reckon I'm one--would ever figure out this 2008 financial downturn response and therefore make sense of a tale that takes place in Elbowville, meaning the elbow of the titular house painter, a loutish figu...

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