It’s already been three weeks since I saw Arena Stage’s new production of Oliver! — Lionel Bart’s beloved 1960 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist — but for various page-cutting reasons, my review did not run in the Washington City Paper until this week’s issue. Somehow I got through it without mentioning that Jeff McCarthy, who plays Fagan, was in RoboCop 2.
Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon,” 1902.
I was a big admirer of writer/director/illustrator Natsu Onoda Power‘s Astro Boy and the God of Comics at Studio Theatre earlier this year, and also of Martin Scorcese‘s 2011 film Hugo, which was in part about pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès. So I was excited to see Power’s new stage adaptation of Méliès’ most famous film, A Trip to the Moon — which I found promising but underdeveloped.
I review it in today’s Washington City Paper, along with a Faction of Fools’ A Commedia Christmas Carol.