Audience: Rebeca

Jul

Octopi Wall Street

A campy take on climate change where mollusks, birds, algae, barley and glaciers have their say on how global warming affects them. Acted out in lovely vignettes that captures each character’s hilarious and poignant observations. My family attended the last performance and afterwards each of us voiced our favorite section, which truly highlights how this issue resonates differently. The writer’s multi-pronged approach using a variety of settings and visual cues gave both a global perspective and sense of personal calamity.

What I didn’t like:
Some theatrical choices were distracting and took away from the play. For example, in the scene where two academics discuss the situation over drinks, the focus of the action is on a server who keeps walking back and forth, in what evidently is a pun about tipping. One character's Russian accent was likewise an unfortunate choice, in an otherwise interesting exchange.

What I liked:
This play is a fresh approach on the subject by creatively focusing on a variety of environments and entities affected by the increase in global temperature. I was particularly intrigued with how each entity had a single voice distinctly their own and how the playwright infused commentary with witty dialogue. Visual elements like small, pink balloons, scuba equipment, vacuumed-packed dolls, videogame controllers, and overhead projection helped create a fun environment. The actors personified the characters enthusiastically, seamlessly going from comedic scene to serious discussion. The glacier’s soliloquy near the end was aptly grave. Final thoughts with the actors on stage out of character neatly reinjected the human element in this entertaining and campy production.

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