I had heard raves from my fellow critics about this show, so my expectations were reasonably high.
Alas, those expectations were dashed by a play that had its merits (the incisive storyline was excellent) but was largely tedious to endure. Way too much yelling going on, methinks.
The much-touted movement aspect of the piece was well synched to the text but left this critic cold. I spent a lot of my time watching the mirrored images screened upstage, but some were ill-chosen, poorly rendered and eventually became repetitious. Some of the projected art works were wonderful, though.
Basically, this was a show I enjoyed more upon reflection than I did throughout its 80 minute duration.
Photo credit: Jazmin Monet Estopin.
pool (no water)
Directed by Monkey Wrench Collective artistic director Dave Barton and choreographed by Angela Ann Lopez and Lee Samuel Tanng.
For more information on all Hollywood Fringe Festival plays, visit their official site.
Here’s an updated show list of my Hollywood Fringe Festival reviews. Click on the active links in the play’s title to go to its review page.
ArtsBeatLA HIT LIST:
FRIDAY, June 8
SATURDAY, June 9
NO WAY AROUND BUT THROUGH – Falcon Theater, Toluca Lake
SUNDAY, June 10
JENNIFER ANISTON STOLE MY LIFE – unreviewed
Tuesday, June 12
BEFORE THE RED TREES COME 916A Formosa
FRIDAY June 15
MIXED PERSONALITY DISORDERS – Theatre Asylum
POOL (NO WATER) – Flight Theatre at The Complex
FILTHY LIARS – The Complex – East Theater
SATURDAY June 16
THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM – Rogue Machine (not Fringe)
WHERE THE GREAT ONES RUN – Rogue Machine (not Fringe)
4 CLOWNS: THAT BEAUTIFUL LAUGH – Open Fist Theater
MONDAY, June 18
RED BASTARD – Artworks Theatre & Studios
TUESDAY, June 19
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET –Pantages
FRIDAY June 22
ALTARCATIONS – Actor’s Circle Theatre
LOST MOON RADIO – Fringe Central Mainstage, Open Fist Theatre Company
TAPE – Artworks Theatre
SATURDAY June 23
MISSION TO MATE – Theatre Asylum