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2014-07-11T23:00:00~~~2014-07-12T23:00:00~~~2014-07-18T23:00:00~~~2014-07-19T23:00:00
Lizzie Borden, the Musical~~~Ohlook Theater Company
Lizzie Borden, the Musical
Book & Music by Christopher McGovern | Lyrics by Christopher McGovern & Amy Powers
Closing this week on Sun, Jul 20
Next performance on Fri, Jul 18 at 11pm
Ohlook Theater Company
Ohlook Performing Arts Center
1631 W. Northwest Highway
Grapevine, TX 76051


817-421-2825

"Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks..." That old playground singsong, however gory, would seem to have lost its power to send a chill up adult spines; we've since seen a lot worse in recent decades. It was, in fact, the O.J. Simpson trial that inspired writer-composer Christopher McGovern to examine another "crime of the century" -- the 19 century, that is.  In reconstructing the infamous 1892 double parricide, McGovern cleaves pretty close to the known facts, adding just one key refraction of a character: Lizzie's damaged "inner child".  Into his beautifully layered script, McGovern enfolds allusions to the 32-year-old spinster's known character flaws, from sticky fingers to rabid social-climbing aspirations. But then, Lizzie's home life was not exactly paradise, given her penny-pinching boor of a stepmother and her super-rich but miserly father, who may have taken more than a paternal interest in his youngest daughter.

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