Not the 2006 Broadway musical, but the 1981 play on which that was based,
A good shot, but the interpretation suffers from the cuts and clunky dialogue that can’t match the talent of Wedekind.
Updated for a more contemporary age where teenagers are more familiar with 50 Shades Of Grey than the appropriate length of a lady’s skirt, Milo Morris’s reworking of Frank Wedekind’s play follows Moritz, Melchior and Wendla as they traverse the minefield of adolescence. Moritz is suicidal because he thinks he’s going to fail his exams and Melchior & Wendla appear to have developed a BDSM relationship. Teenagers do grow up fast, but I guess that was Wedekind’s point.
There are elements of Wedekind’s play here, but none of the subtlety. Shoehorning the whole thing into a mere 45 minutes strips the original three-act play so aggressively that characters are left without any depth; and with the subject matter at hand it’s this motivation that we really need to see developed.
The homosexual relationship remains, albeit switched genders to Lesbians, but curiously abortion – a pivotal moment in the 1891 play – is gone. Moritz’s suicidal darkness appears as a masked figure with a large yellow beak, and this, perhaps, is a gimmick too far.
Mixtape give contemporising Spring Awakening a good shot, and they should be applauded for the attempt at such young years themselves; but the interpretation suffers from the cuts and clunky dialogue that can’t match the talent of Wedekind.