Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Near the start of Roger Waters’ high-tech staging of Pink Floyd’s classic rock opera, “The Wall,” a group of cute and determined, if slightly creepy, kids chased down their evil teacher — a ghoulish puppet with bug-eyes and flailing limbs.
They held him at bay by chanting, “We don’t need no education” and “”Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone,” those classic lines from “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II,” Pink Floyd’s diatribe against the rigidity of British schooling — a number-one hit upon its release in 1979 by virtue of its ominous children’s chorus and bounding disco beat.
The kids’ chorus scene — played out next to the towering white-brick wall that served as both the evening’s main metaphor and as a massive video screen for projections of images and animated effects — was a highlight of the night. It was also one of the clearest expressions of the anti-authority message that ran throughout Waters’ new production of Pink Floyd’s classic concept album, “The Wall” and 1982 film of the same name.
From there, the performance got a little muddled thematically at times. But it was always cool to hear and look at — from the overwhelming surround-sound of chopping helicopter blades that preceded “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” to the “bombs” (in the form of religious icons and corporate logos) dropped by animated planes on the wall during “Goodbye Blue Sky.”