Lands of Glass

Photo: Topher McGrillis

Theatre can challenge and shock (for example the recent Confirmation and Call of Nature).  But it can also be beautiful and full of wonder, an adult version of a child’s tale.  Lands of Glass is a performance based on the Alessandro Baricco book of the same name.  It’s a surreal, rambling story about a fictional town named Quinnipak that provides a woman’s escape to beauty, wonder and love.

The acting draws much from physical theatre and the play has that unique feel, supported by a story that leads in many directions.  The initial set of packing boxes opens up to produce the world of the play, driven by a strong narrative.  Music is a key element of the production, and is provided both by an impressive set of glass instruments and by the excellent cast voices.  The overall feel is of transience and fragility.  

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Photos: Topher McGrillis

There are some clever sound ideas including the innovative use of megaphones by the audience and the somewhat surreal soundscape created by the glass instruments.  At times the pace slows too much, but the fragmented story just about holds together.  In the end, this play is more about the feeling it creates and you find yourself smiling.

It’s beautiful and it’s different and it’s worth seeing.

 

 

 

 

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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