Camelot is a tragic love story that showcases the victory of heart over judgment, love over self-restraint, and desire over the strongest bonds of friendship.
The adaptation starts with Arthur concealing himself in a tree. Guenevere leaps from her carriage and flees. In Act I, Merlin, the ultimate expert in magic, dominates the scene. They both attempt to break free from their pre-arranged marriage that aims to serve as a peace treaty between England and France. Arthur in disguise is being searched for by his men. Guenevere hides. Guenevere hides in shame offstage when she discovers the stranger's identity, while Arthur is received with reverence.
The incredible aspect of the dialogue is the use of wit and humor throughout. At times, it's both serious and funny. The configuration of the Lincoln Center theater is almost like theater in the round. I got an orchestra seat at eye level with the stage performers. It immerses one in the production.
The story of a young Arthur pulling Excalibur from a rock is legendary. Camelot is a story of a young and ambitious King creating a just society where he serves at a roundtable symbolizing collaboration and unity. Arthur was endeavoring to invent something that transcended time and space.
Does this seem familiar to you? You know, our own mythology about democracy and good ideas? The future of the country is uncertain, then and now. Filled with big ideas on political idealism, its optimism, and its failure, the story unfolds. The big question that Arthur has is also ours. What assumptions do we have about morality and power? What exactly is it and what's its function?
Are we striving for a better outcome together? Could the self-serving actions of individuals like Mordred be dividing us? Like Arthur, will that energy lead to our unraveling?
I went in to the City alone. Hampton Jitney is the most convenient travel option without driving. The train isn't an ideal option for me, but I'll give it another shot if I'm going to a location nearer to Penn Station. If you're headed to Broadway, take the Jitney; it's just a short walk from the drop off point. You can get each way for about $22.00 if you buy the packet. Camelot was playing at Lincoln Center; however, it was too far to walk. I was able to grab a cab without any hassle in both directions and paid approximately $18.00 for each ride. I got a discounted ticket for the performance thanks to TodayTix.
Not having eaten all day, I was famished after the performance.. I opted to take a cab and be dropped off near Lexington and 41st to find a restaurant nearby rather than dining at one in the bustling center. I didn't have to hurry and, more significantly, I stumbled upon a Mexican eatery right at the corner. I indulged in two margaritas with my meal. I was not driving home. The performance was accompanied by a beautiful sunny day with low humidity, during which I met some amazing people. The afternoon in the City was great.