you want to see a sweet yet edgy bit of the purest theatre, a reminder that the magic of light&shadow &the human voice are what move us most
Don't see it if
you don't like circus, sideshow or carney; musicals solely sung; gorgeous layered harmonies; oddities; or can't deal with magic made from spirit.
A wonderful, sweet & haunting show built with the simplest of elements that call back our childhood sense of wonder & play.
Simple props & costumes, light, shadow & evocative songs accompanied only by gorgeous vocal harmonies & background vocal sound effects remind us of the possibility of theatre when laid bare.
The fully committed ensemble cast fully inhabits the world they present, and Mary Stuart Evans is terrific as the Woman in question. Lily Ali-Oshatz's book, lyrics & music (with Mark Galinovsky) are stunning and evocative, & her performance as the Ringmaster, M, completely seductive. Madeleine Walls's inventive staging and direction makes the most use of space, bodies & music, and creates an impressionistic style vaguely reminiscent of Fellini and Bergman, but fresh and totally her own. The other characters & Roustabouts add much, each very specific, each having their moments, making the most of them.
This show may not be for everyone — certainly not for the calcified, but should be widely seen & is highly recommended.