Lexington High School

Review: With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart @ Lexington High School Auditorium

Explaining the premise of this production is a chore when the person you’re speaking to is not as music-crazy as some of us. The conversation starts like this, “So it’s a production partially directed by Amanda Palmer, she was in the Dresden Dolls, and it’s got a lot of music from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, that’s an album by this band Neutral Milk Hotel, they’re like Indie Gods, and it’s all based on Anne Frank and the Holocaust”, and all you receive is a vacant stare and you get told that you are crazy for going out to see a high school production on a Thursday night.

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But for us crazies, this premise sounded extremely interesting and just had to be seen. This intriguing combination received a lot of both indie and local attention. I am glad to report that this production exceeded all my expectations. The two-hour-one-act performance begins with what Palmer’s website describes as the “Pre-show’ which was essentially 15 minutes of a bizarre vaudeville scene with a healthy dose of berating the audience.

And then the real show began, and it was real dark (they say not to bring children under 12, I’d say that’s fair). The play was written by the cast, Palmer called it a an “ensemble piece” at the conclusion of the night. The dialogue all came out of what I gather were improvisation sessions lead by Lexington High School drama teacher Steven Bogart. READ ON for more…

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