Monday, March 8, 2010

A Lie of the Mind

Performance Date: 02.27.10
Acorn Theatre, Theatre Row

Speed-blogging Post #4: A Lie of the Mind

A pawn shop rabbit warren of wooden furniture.

Ghostly lit figures performing eerily beautiful Americana music and live sound cues.

A suite of memorable performances, both varied and uniformly strong.

Another way of saying that: each actor brought his or her uniqueness to the plate, and swung hard.

Painful and uncomfortable, as all Shepard plays are, and performed by feeling actors – yet not a tear in my eye.  Makes me think that when I cry at movies, theater, or TV, it has less to do with substance and more to do with form.  The right chord progression in a bad musical will choke me up, but excellent performances of Shepard’s strangely detached characters bring no tears, though they may move me more.

Makes me appreciate director Ethan Hawke.

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