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Georgia & Me – Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival

July 19th, 2011 by Oscar E Moore


The “Georgia” in question is Georgia O’Keeffe.  The “Me” in question is Sarah Ford who has written and is performing this schizophrenic solo portrait that asks the question – is it ever too late to pursue your lifelong dream?  I think.

If you have nothing better to do with an extra hour in your life you can pay a visit to Ms. Ford in this quasi lecture without slides dealing with Ms. O’Keeffe and the not very interesting story of Sara Ford who was sent away to boarding school rather than be allowed to follow her dreams to become a dancer. 

Georgia & Me, loosely directed by Zoya Kachadurian is playing at the intimate Dorothy Strelsin Theatre as part of the 12th Midtown International Theatre Festival and it’s quite boring despite the use of thunderous sound effects and some musical interludes that allow the lithe and graceful Ms. Ford to dance about the small stage and then refreshing herself with some slugs from a bottle of water.

Ms. Ford “a borderline bohemian” it would seem has an obsession with Ms. O’Keeffe.  She has done extensive research and she has been inspired by her to take a risk.  Well, she has and with mixed results. 

Ms. Ford, in her performance piece dreams about Ms. O’Keeffe and in fact Ms. O’Keeffe tells her to write something about her in one such dream.  She should have minded her own business.

It’s all a muddle and quite obtuse, trying to be poetic.  While Ms. Ford is a graceful dancer she lacks any dramatic ability in connecting with the audience.  Instead of her looking directly at us she has this bizarre trancelike look in her eyes.  Perhaps she is still dreaming.  But she isn’t getting her point across if there is a point to this show to get across.

Looking about the audience I was not alone in this reaction.  Watches were being checked.  Restlessness was evident in the squeaking of seats.  And others were simply uninterested.

The highlight is Ms. Ford taking on the different odd poses that photographer Alfred Stieglitz took of Ms. O’Keeffe leaving us with the desire to see the originals.


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