March 24, 2012 9:47 PM
Robert Trussell | Purists bash new ‘Porgy and Bess,’ but so what?
Even before anyone had seen the current revival of “Porgy and Bess,” the expressed intent of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and director Diane Paulus was enough to trigger howls of outrage. How dare they call it “The Gerswhins’ Porgy and Bess?” What audacity to strip down the symphonic arrangements to the dimensions of a Broadway pit band! What an outrage to rewrite the libretto! To all of which I reply: So what?