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It could have been a success. Or a catastrophe. I could have left with white knuckles. Or crippling ennui. This is the way with any performance I attend. Of course, I hope every show will be perfect. For the artists’ sake as much as my own. But dance concerts are a real crap-shoot. Last weekend,… Read More ›
The surrealistic setting for “Hungry” conjured up for Stillwater Theatre Company by set and lighting designer extraordinaire Shannon Clark, with substantial assistance from video animator Meredith Laxton and video supervisor John Maruca and costume designer Rebecca Bailey, is a marvel in which the unblinking eyes of omnipresent television screens alternately buzz with snow and static and stream live video of the onstage action, as seen from different angles, a la ubiquitous surveillance cameras.
“I am a big fan of contradiction and juxtaposition on the stage,” says “Hungry” director Chip Rodgers. “When I read Lia Romeo’s play, I was unsure whether it should be staged as a comedy, a horror, a fantasy, or a psychological dream play. In the rehearsal room, I have discovered that it is all of the above. It gives me that feeling we don’t often get in the theater that says, ‘I know my gut is reacting to something, but I don’t know what, or how to deal with it.'”
“Ether Steeds” mixes magic with melodrama in a coming-of-age story with supernatural overtones and lots of flashbacks, and Jess Jones as the coltish 17-year-old Skeeta makes the most memorable impression.
“The play fits nicely in the rooftop garden, and is strengthened by the surroundings,” claims director Steven Roten. “I hope that the audience will feel like they are a part of the world of the play while they enjoy the warm spring nights.”