Stage Biz Review: ‘FRUITING BODIES’
Review: STAGE BIZ/ Jacquelyn Claire –
“… a call to the wild parts of ourselves that have been starved of oxygen. It’s a hunt to find the elusive, the dangerous, the long buried…The familiar family drama finds a different setting away from the dinner table to the forest floor with it’s mercurial mycology.”
“It’s a thought provoking transformation play where the troubled characters enter the shifting forest, the unknown, and emerge somewhat altered. There are secrets to be revealed, hero’s to be tested and dream fragments to confront. The Ma-Yi Theater Company takes us mushroom hunting into the dark depths of our collective unconscious so we can find our own inner gourmet “morels”.”
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“The cast are all outstanding. Thom Sesma as Ben, the patriarchal dinosaur stomping about on a societal cushion of hot air, is a force. He is a charming, arresting, vital actor that brings a divine complexity to Ben.”
Jeffrey Omura plays a trio of characters and is like a ‘Puck’, an ephemeral being that whips up the air, incites change, and is magical and maniacal in equal measure. Omura brings a youthful exuberance to all of his characters but is also capable of plunging into emotional depths that are simply heartbreaking.
Emma Kikue as Vicky the silicon valley, tech obsessed sister, gives us a women on the edge of exploding. Her carefully constructed world has an impossible glitch that she cannot correct. Kikue brings a gentleness and broken bird quality to the role disguised and dressed up as bravado in a backpack. Kimiye Corwin as the volatile, artistic, Mush is sensational as the sister who wishes she could wipe her slate clean of context. She manages to be both laconic and effervescent giving us a woman unable to control the size of her response to outward stimulus. Corwin has an ease on stage that is magnetic.
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Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg/ Video Zanni Production with music by Ben Sounds
Theatre Row | 410 W 42nd Street | New York, NY 10036 www.theatrerow.org
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
APRIL 23 THROUGH MAY 19, 2019 AT THEATRE ROW
410 W. 42nd Street, New York City
In a Northern California forest that seems to keep shape-shifting around them, two sisters go looking for their father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom-hunting expedition. After encountering a mysterious young boy who bears a striking resemblance to their absent brother, the family searches for the road back, tackling limited visibility and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes.
GROUP RATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW: Call 212-971-4862 to reserve your performance of Fruiting Bodies for your group event, benefit or school, with the possibility of a talk back from the creatives.
Check out brand new footage from our production of Sam Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES directed by Shelley Butler, now playing at Theatre Row through May 19.