|photo by Jessica Osber|
Director Rebecca Cunningham went bold in this production. To truly provide a unique experience, Cunningham and scenic designer Lacey Ballard strayed away from typical items like, oh you know, chairs and tables, substituting them with metal buckets. And cups? How about tin cans! Cunningham kept with this theme without straying, allowing her vision to be unified. Even if there was not a single metaphor for what each item represented, Cunningham allowed you to think of the bigger meaning. It was truly a unique way of storytelling. The only trouble Cunningham ran into was with the overhead projector. Thrown onto a fabric drop, Cunningham and lighting designer Chelsie McPhilimy relied heavily on the overhead projector as a source of light and information. The actors used the sheets on the projector to write but sadly, it was illegible. You want to give credit where credit is due so whether it was simply sound designer Dorothy James or a joint collaboration between James, Cunningham, and Giordano, the soundscape of Hand Grenades was pure perfection.
Hand Grenades is quirky romance that lives in its own special world. You might not understand everything about it, but you have to appreciate something a little different from the mundane.