I've watched a lot of stuff lately and I'm in the mood to review, so here we go:
The first thing I want to write about, as promised, is The Mortal Fools Theatre Project's production of The Glass Menagerie. To preface, I'm a little embarassed to admit that I've never read The Glass Menagerie from cover to cover, nor had I seen it produced until last night. It's a pity, I know. I knew the basic plot outline and I've seen scenes from it, but I really didn't know what to expect.
Though small and simple, the technical aspects were the first element that really entranced me. This was my first time in the Provo City Theater and I was immediately in love with the space. It's intimate, yet traditional. It's the perfect venue for this American classic. The set felt very much like a complete living room; the sharp and angular walls being the only abstract piece. It felt real enough for the story to hit home, but also distorted enough for this to be a "memory play." The lighting was very effective, and the music created a moving ambience.
As for the acting, it was impressive. That is an understatement but I don't know how else to phrase it. Simpy put, seeing acting of this caliber in such a small venue is far beyond the $10 ticket price. Each character was so alive. They were living, breathing, and existing in the space so naturally. Part of me wondered how they would react if something completely unexpected were to happen. Each character was full of a consistency and fluidity that made them entirely believable from scene to scene. Even though I knew it wouldn't happen, I was afraid that Laura could potentially jump off of the balcony each time she got near it. I don't know if that was intentionally played, but it read to me quite clearly. Details and nuances like this made this heavy and literary work compelling and intriguing throughout. I loved it.