Luna Noctiluca

ensemble theatre · concupiscence productions · Ages 16+ · includes nudity · world premiere · United States

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Review by JEANETTE DEUTSCH
June 24, 2013

My overall impression

I really enjoyed some of the images in this piece. It’s unfortunate that this production has had such trouble with the space and with the lights, because I don’t think that these images are getting the credit that they deserve. The director does some cool things with the blending of the modern and biblical worlds, and draws interesting parallels both visually and textually.

I feel that the script needed to be cut significantly. I felt that because the actors were trying to finish within the allotted hour, most of the dialogue was rushed. This became problematic for me during the Oscar Wilde sections, when the actors had to deal with heightened language. Salome is a mouthful, and the pace made it difficult for the actors to connect to (and enunciate) the language. As a result I lost much of the meaning.

Another side effect of the speedy text was that the actor’s weren’t allowed to take their time, and had trouble listening to each other. When they were present (Shout-outs to Cathy Loughnane and Lissa Alvarado)some really lovely moments occurred.

On a more specific note, I’m not really sure what the tango,the ending dance, and the call-me-maybe cover (while entertaining)added to the story.

I think that with more time to develop Luna could be a really strong piece.

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