I recently had the pleasure of going to see my classmate and friend, Alex Armesto, perform as Esteban in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio. I had heard of the show but I had never listened to the music before and knew nothing about the storyline so I had no idea what to expect. I have seen a few other shows at Short North Stage and have always been impressed by the talent, so I knew even if I didn't like the show itself, I would enjoy the talent! However, as it turned out I LOVED the show and of course the talent as well. I was simply blown away by the book, score, and storyline. The show deals with topics and issues that are parallel to what's going on in the world today, which made the show that much more poignant. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and was completely invested, which is why at the end I was completely heartbroken (I won't give details in case you don't know the show). Kander & Ebb seem to be know for writing shows that make us think and question things occurring in society, one example being "Cabaret". "Kiss of the Spider Woman" definitely does not fall short of that expectation. I left the show thinking and questioning everything. My favorite kinds of shows are the ones that make us do that. The music was also so haunting and gorgeous I have been listening to it nonstop. This production is definitely one for the books! Congratulations to everyone involved!
If you have not seen this show or listened to it, go and see it! Even if you have seen it somewhere else, go and see the production at Short North Stage, it will open your eyes and leave you wondering and wanting more. It runs for one more weekend. I've listed the link to buy tickets below!
Thanks for reading, see you next time! (: