Even with new performances popping up like a rash over the last half of the last week of Spoleto, it’s hard not to notice a pervasive sense of winding down, as when stragglers are still turning up at a party past its announced end time; the caterers are folding up chairs and breaking down tables, but they’re leaving one bar open for those who are still boozing, and the band is still playing for a few partiers who refuse to quit.
The latter half of Spoleto’s second week has seen openings from Sara Baras Ballet Flamenco at the Gaillard, Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View at the Emmett Robinson Theatre, jazz guitarist Marcus Tardelli at Recital Hall, and Danny Hoch’s singular style of hip-hop inflected solo theatre.
As Charles Wadsworth might (actually, did) say in a thoroughly different theatre: it was a lot of plucking. City Paper music editor Ballard Lesemann, sitting next to me, seemed to find it dazzling. Tardelli’s guitar was like a living thing, and after each song, when he picked up a nearby hand mic and stuttered a few works of very broken English into it, his charm and sincerity was far clearer than his diction: “ I hope ... you think ... ah, my music is thousand ... no, two thousand .... wait, ah, I have a word ... ah, percent ... better my English.”