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WINNER of the Cole Porter Award for Excellence in Music & Lyrics (ASCAP Foundation)
VOTED Best New Work, BroadwayWorld.com (South Florida)
NOMINATED for 5 Carbonell Awards, including Best Musical
“Wryly humorous… deeply affecting…. suffused with passion…. charming, quirky storytelling… Like a reporter, Daniel Maté holds up a mirror so we can examine ourselves more clearly… [His] vision has such incisive clarity that he is more a chronicler whose work decades hence will enable our descendants to see […] this is how we lived in the early part of the 21st Century… If there’s any justice, these songs and Maté’s voice will be heard across the country.”
–Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater On Stage (click to read full review)
“These are people trying desperately to connect, mostly getting it wrong, and we love them for it — because that’s us.”
-Victoria Clark, director and Tony Award-winning performer
THE LONGING AND THE SHORT OF IT: a musical evening of theatrical moments, featuring six actors channeling the tribulations, foibles, neuroses, strivings, doubts, hopes, existential angsts, and longings of an assortment of lovably flawed characters from teenaged to middle-aged. Like many of us, these characters are all intelligent and highly self-conscious, even self-aware. But this self-awareness has thus far not helped them to feel happy, fulfilled, complete, at peace, satisfied, content— “something like okay”, as they sing in one of the show’s central moments.
Songs range from comic to reflective, mellow to frenetic, somber to silly, colloquial to poetic, in an array of recognizable classic and contemporary musical styles. No matter the genre, each one is a theatre song first and foremost: something is happening onstage, whether it’s a bargain, a brag, a complaint, a confession, a conversation, a plea, a prayer, a question, a scene, a stand, or a triumph.
As the evening unfolds we watch a collective transformation take place: each person begins to question old patterns, purge old hurts, express new desires, and open up to new possibilities. The show ends on a note of compassion, communion, wry humor, and forgiveness.
“The show includes no dialogue, but there’s no need for any. Each of the 23 songs is a mini-scene, in which Maté mind-melds with many downtown denizens… The only problem — and if a song cycle is going to have a problem, then this is the best kind to have — is a surfeit of terrific material.”
-Rod Stafford Hagwood, “Your Gay Boyfriend” Blog, southflorida.com
(below: the cast of the 2013 Arts Garage production)