Where we look at what was big this week with reviews from viewers like you.
1. Hunter Gatherers
It’s hard to know how to describe Hunter-Gatherers in a few words. If I had to, though, I would describe it as “pleasantly disturbing fun.” It begins with a married couple, Richard and Pam, as they prepare to have their friends, Tom and Wendy over. Richard has just brought a box that is moving, and we quickly learn that it’s a lamb, and that he plans to sacrifice it and serve it for dinner. When Tom and Wendy arrive, the interpersonal dynamics get interesting. First off, Richard challenges Tom to a wrestling match, which he wins, apparently as usual. Further, it becomes clear during the dinner that the two couples are badly mismatched. The reticent, stuffed-shirt Tom clearly does not satisfy the free-spirited Wendy, and the virile Richard is weary of the good-girl Pam. Meanwhile, Richard’s wrestling of Tom has homoerotic overtones. I won’t spoil it, but how all the tension unfolds will either offend you, delight you, or both, but it will hold your attention. Kudos to Capital T.
Not a complex story but oh what life the actors breathed into the story. Casting was so on the money for this one. New faces at Zach, refreshing. The musical directions so sharp. When every element of theatre works together with a good story, this is what you get from Zach’s presentation of RENT. Outstanding, the best, the lead Andrew Cannata (Mark)weaved in and out of the storytelling so flawlessly as did Roderick (Tom), Joshua (Angel) and Ginger Leigh (Maureen)what dazzling display of raunchy but classiness. John Pointer’s voice resonates superbly throughout the production, with a few more productions, he will eventually ease into acting as superbly as he sings. This is the finest of Zach. Go See for Yourself! Viva La Vie B Boheme
Vortex puts on another stunning production. Vampyress is a big opera, with pulsing lights, ritualistic music, strong vocalists, and gorgeous costumes and masks. The blood was certianly not over done – when I hear that a play is about a woman who bathes in the blood of virgins I expect to be covered in it myself by the end of the show – but to my pleasant surprise the subtly of it really made the show all the better. I’d have to say that my only complaint about the production was that in some of the songs the music drowned the vocals to a point where it made it difficult to understand the words. I was able to understand what was happening but I would have liked to have understood more of the lyrics. Overall my experience was good and I enjoyed the show
4. Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection
Harry Ransom Center
A wonderful display of photographs! Have you ever heard of SALT Paper photos? I hadn’t until I saw this exhibit. Also, see the different phases of the moon from the 1800’s, quite amazing. There are so many photographs, by many wonderful photographers. It is very difficult to pinpoint anyone photo that is better than the other. I also enjoyed the display of cameras; one of my favorites was the spy camera. A really cool way to learn about photography, to see where it has been and where it is going. So get going to the Harry Ransom Center and check out this awesome exhibit and see for yourself how truly lucky we are to have a place like the Ransom Center in town!
Three Viewings presents the stories of three people attending funerals, from a funeral director, to a corpse robber, to a recent widow. With each act presented as a monologue, with a sparse set, the actors seemed to be speaking directly to the audience. My favorite of the three acts was the third. Actor Cyndi Williams stood out as the recent widow simultaneously grieving, reminiscing, and dealing with some problems her husband left behind. Her emotions, from grief to exasperation, were true and affecting.