Friday, March 9, 2007

McNally's Music

As usual, Terrence McNally gives music a major dramatic role in his new play, Some Men. Much of it this time, though, is performed live. Most striking is a tribute to Lorenz Hart (who is never named, but clearly described) by his lover, a singer in a Harlem nightclub, who tenderly recounts their pillow talk between verses of "Ten Cents a Dance."

But any good New Yorker will feel a special connection with another appearance of music in this play: the theme blared from Mister Softee ice cream trucks, used here to demonstrate the comfort of a long-term relationship (you can feel free to eat ice cream when you're not on the prowl).

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