It’s been quite some time since the seats of the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) were filled by patrons. However, with some restrictions, the venue is back open, and it’s hard to imagine a more fun and enjoyable re-opening production than the classic STOMP. For all its raucous noise and energy, the show, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, feels almost soothing and incredibly satisfying, especially after such a long stint without the sounds of live theatre gracing the Triangle area.
Made up of a small but still larger-than-life cast and incorporating a variety of dance and nonconventional percussion styles, STOMP shows how anything can be made musical. Moving through different scenes and backed by an impressive, industrial-style set, there is never a dull moment in this heart-thumping masterpiece.
Even better yet, this new, touring production features frenetic scenes never seen before, including an unforgettable number involving shopping carts. Additionally, the scene involving lighters, accompanied by beautiful spotlighting techniques, is a must-see.
Purists need not worry, though. The classic numbers, like the broom and trash can pieces, are still there. Even those, however, feel newer and bigger thanks to a cast that jumps higher, pounds harder, and moves more smoothly than ever before.
And, while this production may be without words, it still says a lot. There are sounds aplenty, with even the smallest sound amplified, producing a kind of power and energy that make this show feel like the rebirth it symbolizes. There is no better time for noise, for communication, for being in sync with one another, and this production drives that message home.
While STOMP is only at DPAC for a short run, it’s the perfect addition to any labor day weekend plans. Anyone who has missed theatre lately and who longs for its colors, sounds, and energy will find those things, in heaping amounts, in this fun, can’t-miss production.
STOMP, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, presented as part of WRAL Greatest Hits of Broadway at DPAC. DPAC NEWS RELEASE: https://www.dpacnc.com/news/detail/stomp-returns-to-dpac-september-4-5-2021. DIGITAL PROGRAM: https://issuu.com/dpac0/docs/stomp_16-pg_final_digital. OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://stomponline.com/. TRAILERS: https://www.dpacnc.com/news/detail/stomp-returns-to-dpac-september-4-5-2021 and https://www.youtube.com/user/StompNY. TICKETS: $24.50 and up. Click here to buy tickets. GROUPS (10+ tickets): E-mail: Groups@DPACnc.com and Visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/groups-services. INFORMATION: 919-680-2787 or CustomerService@DPACnc.com. Kurt Benrud’s Review.
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