Friday, August 19, 2011
Review: Tate Comes to Life
Before walking into an evening of theater that is an adaptation of something, you get the choice to research the source material or go in blind. I chose to enter blind. And I’m glad I did. Lunar Energy Production’s Before Placing Me On Your Shelf is a collection of generously smart scenes using the words of Pulitzer-Winning poet James Tate. Not knowing the source material, I was able to listen to Tate’s language and discover a thru-line within the piece, despite the occasional and unfortunate pigeonholing. There were consistent themes and images used throughout the play that connected the poems to one another helping to create a play.