note: entire contents copyright 2005 by Carl A. Rossi
If you are a Flower Child and want to briefly reclaim your bloom or if you are a twentysomething who likes to listen to what your parents grooved to, check out 8-TRACK: THE SOUNDS OF THE 70ís at the Stoneham Theatre. Four talented singers, appropriately dressed, guide their audience through a celebration of songs from the so-called Forgotten Decade but judging by 8-TRACKís audience reactions, these songs are anything but forgotten. Apart from two well-known anthems, one anti-war and one feminist, conceiver-director Rick Seeber has selected mostly lighter, poppier fare and cleverly choreographed it on a bare stage with the songs themselves creating one mise-en-scene after another. (No, Iím not going to tell you what songs are sung, here, nor will you find them listed in the program --- part of the eveningís fun comes from not knowing whatís next.) Even though over fifty songs are performed in whole or in part, Mr. Seeber and his cast havenít even scratched the eraís surface --- those years were incredibly rich, music-wise, with something for everyone --- but 8-TRACK still delivers; you and your Pet Rock will go home, happy.
Have a nice day.