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Mr. Aucoin, rather like Janacek in his operas, writes music that activates the text. In whole stretches, the orchestra almost hugs each word with some piercing harmony, or doubles a vocal line with instruments.
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Aucoin’s music, especially in his solo vocal writing, can be highly emotional and chromatic, often built on series of thirds or fourths, rather than stepwise or tonal melodies.
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The piece is richly detailed, psychologically nuanced and philosophically provocative.
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The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight?
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The singular talents of Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac — yes, you read that correctly — combine to delightful effect in “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” the weird and weirdly transfixing entertainment having its premiere here at American Repertory Theater.
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The singular talents of Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac — yes, you read that correctly — combine to delightful effect in “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” the weird and weirdly transfixing entertainment having its premiere here at American Repertory Theater.
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DOUBLE UP: Taylor Mac and Mandy Patinkin make a great comedic team in ‘The Last Two People on Earth.’
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Patinkin and Mac share a wonderful chemistry. They’re like chalk and cheese, their differences in demeanor and energy contrasting nicely and bringing out the best in one another. The program notes tell us that Patinkin and Mac came up with the show when they realized they liked a lot of the same music.
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One is a bouncy bald guy in a bowler hat, eager to please. The other is a scraggy bearded fellow hiding in a trunk, resigned to solitude. They are the last two people on Earth, and they meet on a scrap of land that has survived a flood of global warming proportions. Somehow, they need to connect, despite their differences in temperament and their inability to communicate through anything but song.
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When a flood of epic proportions wipes out all but two scraggly survivors, played by Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, there is very little left for them to do but sing and dance. In fact, that's pretty much all they do as THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH.
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