From secret affairs to secret fetishes, from creepy crawlies to ghostly inhabitants, from damaged pasts to broken futures, the basement saw it all. It’s hard to pin point if there was a “best” play on the docket, but two standouts included Eric Dufault’s eerie All the Pretty Creatures in Heaven and Earth, about a basement mortician, a necrophiliac, and a corpse, and Brian Watkin’s ghost story of the haunted basement Study That House. Each added elements of suspense and mystery in different ways, showcasing directors Peter James Cook and Stella Powell-Jones respectively. But of all the plays, Chicken Butt by Clare Barron may have been the one that missed the mark set by the high standard of the night.
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The overall design was outstanding. For those who know the space will be amazed at the transformation Edward T. Morris gave to the theater. It looked as if Lesser America commandeered someone’s actual basement. Janie Bullard’s soundscape, both within the scenes and during transitions, worked seamlessly into the various worlds. Co lighting designers Eric Southern and Barbara Samuels pinpointed locations flawlessly, offering separation and variety.
In the end, Just Right Just Now should probably not be missed. Lesser America has knocked it out of the park.