Theater Review

Critic's Corner//Theater

Finding love, hope far from home

December 26, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

A language barrier is part of the plot of The Light in the Piazza, the musical based on Elizabeth Spencer's novella about a non-Italian-speaking American mother and her grown daughter traveling in Italy in the 1950s. But - at the risk of sounding cliched - music, light and love transcend that barrier in this resplendent musical.

At the height of emotion, for example, composer/lyricist Adam Guettel has given the young lovers' a romantic duet, Say It Somehow, that consists mostly of wordless "ah's." But there is no doubt about what is being felt and said in this soaring, not-to-be-missed touring production at Washington's Kennedy Center.

If you go The Light in the Piazza runs through Jan. 7 at the John F. Kennedy Center, off New Hampshire and Virginia avenues Northwest, Washington. Tickets are $25-$94. Call 800-444-1324 or visit kennedy-center.org.

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