Before The Red Trees Come

dance & physical theatre · harrison bergeron productions & geniuspills entertainment · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States

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June 13, 2012 certified reviewer

My overall impression

This is a silent and whimsical absurdist play that traces the cyclical journey of a child-like fellow who seems to evolve and learn throughout his simple life.

Because there is no text (apart from non-verbal communication) the show relies heavily on the performers’ unremarkable physicality and the recorded piano accompaniment that is rather pretty at times. One repeated gag had a character toss a piece of candy in the air. Too bad the first actor performing this sequence failed to catch it…

Unfortunately the whole 45-minute show plays out like a clown school improv exercise, with each actor swapping roles. Pointless but sweet.

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