'The Great Comet' swirls, swoops, and almost reaches perfection
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By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, December 1, 2016
Something is going on at the Imperial Theatre that requires a whole new vocabulary to describe. Splendificent might do. Or maybe intoxichanting. The something marveful is the rebirth of creator Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.
Adapted from a slender (by Tolstoyan standards) slice of War and Peace, the show was born at the teensy Ars Nova in 2012, went through adolescence at a custom-built tent in 2013, and has reached the full flower of its maturity at the aptly-named Imperial Theatre on West 45 Street.
Although the story seems complicated (and the opening number suggests you read the synopsis and family tree in your program), it really isn't. It's a tale as old as time: innocent young girl meets jaded cad, succumbs, ruins life. Natasha, played with shimmering charm by Denée Benton, is a sweet young noblewoman, recently engaged to Prince Andrey, who is now off fighting Napoleon. In his absen
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