The “Metamorphoses” success story is pure MGM with a little avant-garde thrown in. A college project gets picked up by a not-for-profit theater, segues to other cutting-edge venues around the country and finally ends up on Broadway where it gets rave reviews and, just maybe, a Tony or three.
Monday night, “Metamorphoses” creator Mary Zimmerman celebrated with friends from the Lookingglass Theater at the Blue Finn, where the new restaurant’s water motif neatly mirrored the play’s splash effects. “These are the people I celebrate Thanksgiving and New Year’s with,” the writer-director said of the Chi-based company where “Metamorphoses” had its professional debut four years ago.
As for a possible Broadway cash flow westward, Lookingglass exec director Jacqueline Russell played it safe. “We have a very nice arrangement with Mary,” she said of the financial agreement.
One of the new, unexpected pleasures of “Metamorphoses” on Broadway is watching the front-rowers dodge the actors’ water-work. Complimentary blankets are provided to keep them dry.
Even so, Zimmerman did not quite dress for the unusual curtain call at Circle in the Square, where cast member Kyle Hall carried her mid-pool to share the ovation with the cast.
“Kyle plays all the gods,” Zimmerman enthused of the me-Zeus, you-Jane maneuver. As for the dip, it wasn’t in the stars. “That would have been cutesy,” she explained afterward at the Bryant Park Grill. “And besides, these shoes are velvet.”