Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Play's Not the Thing
When: through October 2, 2015
I don't get over to the East Building of the National Gallery of Art very much anymore, now that it's under construction and no exhibits are going on there. I'll be glad when they re-open, as the West Building just doesn't have the space necessary for a blockbuster show. Plus, there will be a roof garden! And who doesn't like sitting in a roof garden on a lovely day?
For the moment, however, we must content ourselves with the display case in the Gallery's library. Not so exciting as the Ballet Russes, but with its own quiet charm. The current display is of books dealing with theater set design. These aren't books of plays, but books about famous theaters: architectural drawings and big fold-out floor plans. Several European countries are represented: France, Italy, Hungary, Germany and England.
I liked the display; the over-sized books and foldouts are eye-catching. I'm no student of the technical side of the theater, so the content was lost on me, but if you are interested in that sort of thing, this would be of interest.
Verdict: Worth a visit, just to escape the heat, humidity and hurly-burly of tourists that is Washington in the summertime.