It ran only three performances, but if this production comes to a theater near you, I highly reccomend it.
There have been numerous adaptations of Beauty and The Beast over the years, most famously, the Disney movie from the early 90’s.
But none as simple and powerful at this adaptation.
Stripped down to a 90 minute three act play with only three characters on a nearly empty stage, the special effects assist the story and the actors without overwhelming them.
The thing that makes this adaptation so memorable is that a single line in the play is all you need to know about the lead characters “A scar for a scar”.
Stripped of the 16th century trappings of the original story and the Disneyfied singing and dancing household objects, Beauty and Beast is a very simple, beautiful and timeless tale. It is the tale of two people, who have been knocked down by life, who feel like outsiders, who each bear scars from their pasts. Through their interactions with each other, they begin to heal, accept themselves and find the internal peace they have been searching for.
I wish it had a longer run, but I am glad I had a chance to see it this weekend. I would most certainly see it again if it came to my area.