Through March 11
FAR AWAY Torn Space Theater/Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle
“Far Away” is a foggy play about fear, somewhere during a war, sometime during a war and something about a war.
It’s getting an interesting production from a theater which specializes in foggy plays, Torn Space.
Director Dan Shanahan has set the Caryl Churchill play on one of Kristina Siegel’s very spare sets, a house which is knocked down, a factory of pipes and shelves and tiny houses hanging from above, miniatures of the house in Act I.
It’s all suffused with that low-frequency, swirling sound Torn Space shows are so in love with.
There’s apparently a war going on and perhaps a rendition or two.
While it’s hard to figure out what’s going on in this one-hour show, it does build on the placement of fear, using the low-frequency and sound of bombs.
Overall, it reminded me of “1984.”
Harper (Bonnie Jean Taylor) is taking care of Young Joan (Allison Barsi), who has been sneaking out of the rural house where she’s living with her aunt and her uncle and has seen the uncle waling on someone and she’s confused until Harper convinces her she’s drawing the wrong conclusions.
Joan (Corinne McLoughlin) grows up to make knitted hats with Todd (Kalub Thompson).
Each designs individual hats and sees them burned with bodies (don’t ask because I don’t know).
Joan wants Todd to go to a friend and complain about corruption, something pretty common in war and both are uncertain.
Joan eventually returns from a walk with a fear of everything in the natural world around her, lost in the tension of an endless war she doesn’t understand and doesn’t know which side is her side.
It’s all very confusing, although interesting and especially because Taylor seems to love these parts in the mists of the mind and of life.
Torn Space attracts a very different demographics audience than most local theaters and the audience clearly bought into the foggy vagaries of life.
Director Dan Shanahan keeps it moving, although you aren’t really sure where, and benefits from the eight members of the ensemble who help with the scene changes and generally with keeping things moving around.
If you have ever read the story of Airstrip One, you may well like “Far Away.”
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