|photo courtesy of Hunter Canning|
The chemistry on stage was astounding. Madeleine Bundy and Stephen Stout as Julie and John brought thrill to the extreme. Bundy’s innocent submissive balanced Stout’s seductive dominant. The power shifts throughout the piece kept Bundy and Stout active and in tune with one another. While Bundy’s Julie seemed to play up her roles, you never knew when she was acting and when she was honest. This contrasted nicely with the Stout’s earnestness throughout.
Costello led the entire team through this dark and secretive world. Set designer Andrew Diaz did a tremendous job transforming the blackbox into an apartment kitchen, utilizing only a corner of the space, allowing the play to be even more intimate. Costume designer Beth Goldenberg allowed the actors to look sexy and appealing without looking like costumes. The soundscape Lee Kinney offered throughout the piece allowed for the fear of being caught at any moment. Lighting designer Daisy Long created a nice ambiance and offered a nice affect with the light through the window, however it allowed it to be a tad confusing what the light source exactly was.
Smoke is a stimulating voyeuristic look at sex. Feeling dirty is almost guaranteed after seeing this production but it will allow you to think about how far is too far.