"I have never been so moved, sitting in a pew" the reviewer writes. You have but one scant week left to be so moved yourself.
A wide-open theater space makes for a thrilling Odyssey
by Mark Cofta
The performers slide effortlessly from narration to characters, enacting a riveting, tightly focused 95-minute tale with genuine emotion — even while accompanying themselves with chimes, rain sticks, tuning forks, guitar, autoharp, rattles and drums, and rarely facing one another. This could be a radio play, but we'd miss the subtle ways they lean into and back from their candles to capture illumination like ancient fireside storytellers, using their hands' graceful motions and careful vocal modulation, using the sanctuary's reverent echo to maximum effect.
Though they never step from their stations — Reed, Kuhn and Trillian Stars, dressed in simple earth tones, are in place playing before the audience enters — director Rowen Haigh's staging is strikingly beautiful, most importantly because it never distracts from their clear, honest portrayal of dozens of clearly delineated characters.
The Odyssey is a vivid reminder of theater's ability to make the past present. I have never been so moved sitting in a pew.
The Odyssey Through March 15, Curio Theatre Co., Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 4740 Baltimore Ave.,215-525-1350, curiotheatre.org.
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