Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Retreat from Moscow

Artists Repertory Theatre
Posted by Followspot April 1, 2007; closes April 29, 2007

Old-pros Keith Scales, JoAnn Johnson, newcomer Alex Moggridge craft a particular elegance from intimate, real-time moments of this private tragedy. It’s true: little new is revealed, but there are unspoken truths. Interesting, too, is transformation of one’s reactions to Alice’s progression. Jeff Seats’ equally elegant set is a beautiful metaphor.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The set made me mad. If I had to act on that floor I would've been pissed! As an audience member, I found myself constantly looking at the actors' feet and worrying the whole time someone was going to trip and kill themselves, which detracted from my being able to focus on what was being said. Sure it was creative, but I think sets should always be built with the actor's safety in mind...-Victoria Blake

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Set floor didn't bother me. I noticed it as a visual thing and wondered about it, but it didn't seem to discommode the actors. Contrary to the Mercury reviewer, I thought the bare trees backdrop was sadly tired and cliche, like just another Chekhov set. By the way, I thought the acting was spectacular -- superbly underplayed all around -- and the writing was incredibly good.

Brian T said...

I went to the open dress rehearsal...The show was too slow for me and I wanted to give the actors more time to work on their lines and sugar. I liked the stage and the lighting...

Anonymous said...

This is Anonymous 4/2 2:23 again. If I may add something: I think if the floor made the actors step more carefully, and less "naturally," I think that kind of physicality would only have added to the particular drama they were playing out . . . tiptoeing on an emotional minefield.