January 17, 2007
Theater: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’—populism through a post-punk prism
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Again, Friedman's "Bloody Bloody" music is food for thought. In one scene, Spaniards enter a tavern to the theme from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." And in a particularly chilling sequence, vignettes of Jackson making "deals" with various Indian tribes are interspersed with a lone female vocalist singing Friedman's musical riff on the children's rhyme "Ten Little Indians."
As the verses progress, and the count goes down, the singer's melodious voice becomes increasingly strident, the lyrics and instrumentation more urgent, building to the dramatic, sinister last line:
"Then there were none."
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" runs through Feb. 17 at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. For show times and ticket information, call (213) 628-2772 or visit http://www.centertheatregroup.org/theatres/douglas/
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