Posted on: Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Five New Very Short Plays in the Sand previewed to a full house at the Rabbittown Theatre last night, with many a would-be patron resigning themselves to return another night, perhaps with their tickets booked in advance (fair warning).
The intimate setting of the Rabbittown space, arranged in the round, a sandbox the only set piece, made for an ideal stage to present these experimental new works.
Lest anyone be concerned that dust from the sandbox might find its way into their faces over the course of the hour and a quarter long evening, rest assured the stage management team took careful measures during each of the four very short breaks between plays to keep that from happening.
In order of appearance, here are my very short impressions of the very short plays previewed in the sand last night.
Hope and Rage, written by Kenneth J. Harvey, directed by Emma Tibaldo, featuring Mark Power:
A smart choice to open up a night of experimental new works. Power delivers a no-bones-about-it performance wherein he permits the darkly comical work of Harvey to penetrate the flesh of the audience so that they may contemplate its deeper meaning.
The Answer, written by Sherry White, directed by Anne Troake, featuring Sue Kent and Mark Bath:
Absurdism meets slice of life when the Tupperware-totting Mercy’s prayers are answered (kinda) by the appearance of crack-addicted Guy. A battle of (t)wits ensues as Kent has her way both with our funny bones and heart strings in equal measure.
In So Many Words, written by Emily Bridger, directed by Courtney Brown, featuring Katie Butler and Mark Power:
A young femme fatale gets a reality check in this often poetic piece from newcomer Emily Bridger. The downbeat of the evening, In So Many Words gives as a true to life scenario in all its emotionally heightened glory.
The Great Wall, written by Robert Chafe, directed by Lois Brown, featuring Alison Woolridge and Sue Kent:
Woolridge and Kent go toe to toe in the sand-as-a-metaphor, delivering powerful performances atop this smartly written piece of playwriting from Chafe. More, please.
Birchy’s Wedding, written by Lois Brown, directed by Brad Hodder, featuring Katie Butler, Mark Bath, Sue Kent, Mark Power:
A smart choice to close a night of experimental new works. In words both delicate and dangerous, this one left me with more questions than answers. Just like a good night out at the theatre should.
Five New Very Short Plays in the Sand runs from tonight until Sunday at the Rabbittown Theatre. For tickets call the box office at 739-8220.