|photo by Hunter Canning|
Lake Water is a play about discovery. It’s a play about grief. It’s a play about reconciliation. It’s a play about escaping the mundane. It’s a play about letting go. And Daniel Talbott successfully finds a perfect balance of allowing it all shine through. His direction is top-notch and quite striking. He helped Deutsch and Soule find the beauty in silence, which were some of the most poignant moments. Despite the lack of dialogue, simply sitting in silence spoke wonders.
The design of the show, as a whole, was phenomenal. Walking into the IRT theater, you’re instantly brought to the lake. Eugenia Furneaux-Arends’s set is inviting, yet perfectly mysterious. Brad Peterson’s lights told a story of time and played perfectly on the dock. The consistent nature soundscape designed stylishly by Janie Bullard was fulfilling and never distracting. Being able to listen to the sounds of nature when the actors had nothing to say was comforting and much needed. The contrast of Iris’s bright and bubbly dress to James’s dark and drab hoodie spoke to who the characters were in the moment of the play. Tristan Scott Barton Raines found a way to costume the actors without making it feel it was pulled out of their closet. The overall design was remarkable, especially for the capabilities of the theater.
America today is filled with fear of the unknown. Many pieces of theater nowadays that have touched upon suicide in small towns fail to compare to the powerful of Lake Water. Troy Deutsch has a remarkable voice as a playwright. I truly hope there is a future for this play. It’s a story that needs to be heard, immediately.