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posted Friday, October 16, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 42
Rufus Wainwright shines in intimate, acoustic performance
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Rufus Wainwright shines in intimate, acoustic performance

by Jerry Peerson - SGN Contributing Writer

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
THE SHOWBOX
October 6


Spending an evening with Canadian-American troubadour Rufus Wainwright is like willfully setting sail on a sea of emotions with differing stops along the way. The 42-year old steers his audience towards ports of call that can induce hair-raising goose bumps, a teardrop or two, and a whole lot of laughter to boot.

Last Tuesday's seated cabaret-style performance was Wainwright's first on The Showbox stage. Candlelit tables set the mood for an intimate evening, as did the very simple stage set up: a Steinway & Sons grand piano and an acoustic guitar. Any void that may have been left on stage by the lack of instruments or backing personnel was quickly filled with the singer's powerful tenor voice and larger-than-life personality.

As soon as the shaggy-haired artist sat down at the piano, Wainwright began playing the impressive 'Montauk,' from his 2012 Mark Ronson-produced album Out of the Game. Belting out lyrics inspired by his daughter Viva, husband Jörn Weisbrodt, and late mother and folk songstress, Kate McGarrigle, his vocals soared above the dreamy piano parts.

'Let's all have a fun time,' the singer suggested just before playing the first dissonant notes of his second selection: the downbeat 'Damned Ladies.' Realizing its sombre sound and topic, he joked, 'This is a song about opera - not too much fun yet.'

Witty stage banter is an integral component of any Rufus Wainwright performance, and entreats the audience to engage more keenly with the man behind the music. The entertainer, who is openly Gay, is also comfortable on stage sharing a more serious side. When introducing 'Forever and a Year,' his musical contribution to the Australian film Holding the Man, the singer told a story about generational divide. Wainwright was, as he put it, 'emotionally disturbed' by the visceral intensity of the film, which chronicles the life of a couple who succumb to AIDS. He recalled describing the movie to a young, Gay assistant once, and - in a sarcastic but humorous tone - repeated the young man's dismissive reaction, 'Oh, it's another one of those AIDS movies.' 'Then I made him watch it!' Wainwright concluded triumphantly, 'And he was very touched and very sad - it's important to remember that whole thing.' As Wainwright sustained the song's final two delicate chords, some members of the audience appeared to be wiping tears from their eyes.

Bringing a touch of humor back into the set, Wainwright regenerated laughter during his performance of an energetic, acoustic guitar version of 'California.' After humming an instrumental part from the studio recording, he stated, 'There's a whole band in my mouth!' And before breaking into a pitch-perfect performance of 'Sanssoucci,' from his 2007 album Release the Stars, the singer joked, 'This is another big topic, this is a song about Frederick the Great!' - perhaps implying that songs about long dead white guys are boring, but still the artist has a way of turning any subject matter into an interesting composition.

For nearly 20 songs, Wainwright kept his audience captivated, alternating between piano and guitar, the jovial and the melancholy, and by masterfully utilizing waves of dynamics in tone and volume to wrest emotion from this music. The final two numbers of the main set began with a touching rendition of 'I Don't Know What It Is,' from Wainwright's 2003 album Want One. The studio version of the song is an intricate massive wall of sound. Its producer, Marius de Vries, even referred to it as 'one of the most complex production challenges (he has) ever faced' (All I Want DVD). Sans the layers and orchestration, the song's beauty shined in its stripped-down naked state, enchanting and disarming the listener. Using his characteristic ritard and slight diminuendo ending, Wainwright transitioned into the more lighthearted tune, 'Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk.'

With his fans applauding on their feet, and after a brief backstage break, the artist returned to the piano and delivered his lively song 'Beauty Mark,' followed by a moving version of the timeless Leonard Cohen composition 'Hallelujah.' Next up, 'Foolish Love,' from his 1998 self-titled debut album, was a delightful but not technically perfect performance. Nearing the end of the piece, Wainwright abruptly stopped after making a mistake and comically declared, '...I forgot it,' again bringing about uproarious laughter from his fans. He did eventually complete the song and received exuberant applause, reaffirming the notion that there is much more to music than perfection, and that Rufus Wainwright, with his endearing charm, candor and quick wit, (and loads of talent) isn't merely a singer-songwriter, but a truly multi-dimensional entertainer.

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