Part of Third Rail's Wild Card Series
This is a tale woven from the nether regions of the mind…
… dimensions of sight and sound, where nothing is real and everything is possible….I, and my artistic friend, Deanna, were both somewhat speechless after the performance…. In this production, the stimuli is not just the story, but the beats and rhythm…. [of] the music…. like memories or dreams …lighting …flows from one “reality” to another…[a] modulation of the voices… it is an organic, visceral experience.
Mouawad’s plays are always stimulating and invade the senses in very unique ways. I guarantee you will not walk away from one of his productions…. without being touched. His actors … move voices and bodies to a secret rhythm. The environment… has a life of its own, pulsating with primal chants and images from deep within.
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A tight, nuanced production involving ancient roots and modern sensibility ….Few theater artists are as adept at creating surprising, self contained worlds through minimal means (movement, light, sound) as Mouawad. Here, every element of production — from acting to lighting to sound — contributes, with everyone involved hitting the dozens of cues bristling throughout the hour-long performance. … evocative lighting design …. it’s almost cinematic….… portentous sound design, with music ranging from exquisitely subtle and atmospheric sound loops to over-the-top drum pounding … expertly heightens and underlines or undermines moods, The two antagonists wore vocal mikes…[an] extremely effective expressive device.
The four actors fully embody … .. they share a tightly controlled gestural language, and it has a Japanese accent: mannered, ritualistic, a little exaggerated, almost but not quite cartoonish, and just right for this thin, noir-ish tale…..Such exquisitely subtle and evocative details makeLady Aoi’s diverse elements add up to much more than their sum, or their source.
Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch
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A… playground for an artist who likes to pull out all the stops!
Enid Spitz, Willamette Week