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Last Edit: singleticket 12:42 pm EDT 10/13/19
Posted by: singleticket 12:41 pm EDT 10/13/19

The production still seems to be finding its feet, it feels a bit tentative at the moment. There are some excellent performances and the piece is true to its "choreopoem" design with the contribution of the prodigiously talented choreographer Camille A. Brown. The direction by Leah C. Gardiner puts some unnecessary burdens on the material and the performers, in my opinion. The seating is configured in the round but the Martinson is not a fluid enough space to do this effectively so the mic'd performers are often performing with their backs to the majority of the audience or in a slow but constant 360 degree turn which is distracting. It's been around thirty years since I read the text but it seems to me that the director has also refracted many of the monologues, having multiple performers read what was meant to be a single character and the different characters, each a different hue of the rainbow, kind of blur together. Perhaps that is the production's point but I kept thinking a simpler production might have been more effective in a more intimate space, perhaps in Joe's Pub.
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