In Search of The Fortress of Solitude

October 23, 2014 2:06 AM

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In Search of The Fortress of Solitude

There is an interesting and potentially important musical contained within The Fortress of Solitude, the new piece from Michael Friedman, Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin at the Public. Composer/lyricist Friedman, especially, gives us an intriguing evening; music is the driving force behind the show, the characters, and the plot. But The Fortress of Solitude--from the well-regarded 2003 best-seller by Jonathan Lethem, a MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant" winner--is dense and unfocussed, losing its way midway through the extra-long first act.

The action starts in 1975 in Gowanus, a Brooklyn ghetto (now gentrified into Boerum Hill) where "everybody singin' a different song, but if they all fit together then it can't be wrong." Twelve years back, a free-spirited girl from Queens named her son after her hero, Bob Dylan; at the same time, a ...

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