A StokeNewington.info review
Mimi, the heroine of La Boheme, as depicted in the original opera, has always struck me as deeply off-putting: saccharine, a little too perfect, and rather vacant. However, this new adaptation brings things up to date in a way that’s highly relevant to our times, and provides a more rounded interpretation of Mimi’s character. This adds greater complexity to the dynamic between her and the other three protagonists.
Everyone else from the original cast has been omitted in this production – although occasionally, a member of the audience is commandeered to substitute where necessary.
The production doesn’t suffer from this loss. On the contrary: with fewer people to concentrate on, we are invited to understand the characters in greater depth. And all four cast members take full advantage of the opportunity, giving solid and thoughtful performances.
And because the production cuts the opera down to a more easily digestible length, we were able to concentrate fully on what was going on – despite the warmth of the evening on the hottest September day in over a century.
We found it funny and moving. Go and see it!
JH and JS