Regional Reviews: Philadelphia
Timon of Athens
Timon of Athens
Also see Tim's reviews of The Prescott Method, The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini
Much to ponder, indeed. But Hodge's slow-moving production is too restrained to make its points strongly. While there are a few lively performances, including Charlotte Northeast as a misanthropic philosopher and Mark Knight as an eye-rolling, pompous creditorplus a wide-ranging, well-rounded performance by Christopher Coucill in the title rolemost of this Timon of Athens isn't engaging enough to make one care about Timon or his plight. The overall mood, right from the chaotically-staged opening scene, is unrelentingly sour. The production doesn't really come to life until its second act, when Coucill and Northeast get into a bitter and vindictive argument. (Fittingly, it's an argument over which of them hates civilization more.)
Adding to the downbeat tone is the fact that the production isn't interesting to look at. It's performed with no sets and minimal scenery, and Katherine Fritz's costumes are mediocre, consisting mostly of shapeless, sometimes ill-fitting robes and tunics. The music contains snatches of single-string classical guitar and what sounds like a toy piano, and it's used inconsistently; many of the awkward scene changes are carried out in silence.
Timon of Athens runs through April 20, 2013 and is presented by The Philadelphia Artists' Collective at Broad Street Ministry, 315 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased by phone at 800-838-3006 or online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. More information on the production can be found at www.philartistscollective.org.