Regional Reviews: San Francisco/North Bay
FaultLine Theatre is a small non-profit theatre that empowers emerging artists to create new works. Artistic Directors Cole Ferraiuolo and Rose Oser turn fresh scripts and bold ideas into fully realized, polished productions. They open their doors to the young and the skeptical to build a welcoming artistic community and cultivate a demand for the art of live performance.
The company is currently presenting the world premiere of Karina Cochran's Where All Good Rabbits Go. The plot centers around a young married couple, Julia (Charlie D. Gray) and Walt (Ed Berkeley). This is a world where the first sign of a terminal illness is starting to become a rabbit. Walt discovers a rabbit tail on his back. He heads to brother Dorn (Derek Jones), a doctor, to see if he can cure his "illness." Unfortunately, his brother can't cure him. Steadily, he becomes a rabbit.
Where All Good Rabbits Go is not a comedy or a farce but, per the press materials, "a beautiful meditation on illness, grief, personal transformation, and the frank realities of turning into a rabbit." The dialogue is very natural.
Charlie D. Gray, Ed Berkeley, and Derek Jones give excellent performances in this 85-minute no-intermission drama. In various scene changes Ed Berkeley dons rabbit outfits from the legs upward and finally becomes what looks like Harvey.
The scenes changes are interesting, as an ensemble consisting of Alex Randall, Ashley Gennarelli, Madelene Tetsch, and Alejandro Torres come out and do what I would call Martha Graham dances. Choreographer Nikki Meñez has devised some very fascinating movements for the five scene changes.
This charming tale runs through March 4, 2017, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 at PianoFight, 110 Taylor Street, San Francisco. Tickets at door or online at www.faultlinetheater.com.