Notes from the Fringe

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 27, 2012

We end with a new and original musical, Mesmerized, about the scandalous "animal magnetism" treatments of Anton Mesmer (Alan McLucas). Snowlion Repertory presents its world premiere concert performance at the St. Lawrence, under the direction of Al D'Andrea. In this epic drama, 14 fine singing actors and a live pianist (Arman Mohammed) enact the true story of how Viennese Mesmer cures blind young piano prodigy Theresa Paradies (Carolyn Glaude, of sublime voice).

Along the way, Mesmer meets such luminaries as Mozart and Ben Franklin, and must navigate the ambivalent currents of the "Age of Reason": everybody's for applying new innovations for the benefit of humanity, but only, as the Countess (Dixie Weisman) amends, "within reason." The show's earnest, sensitive songs engage the vicissitudes both of the particular 18th-century culture and the individual hearts and minds within it.

MESMERIZED | Book by Al D'Andrea, Music by Darryl Curry, Lyrics by MK Wolfe | Directed by Al D'Andrea | Presented by Snowlion Repertory Company | June 28 @ 8 pm at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St, Portland

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