|photo by Andrea Reese|
Director James Kautz was blessed with three strong actors and a script with depth. And yet Kautz delivered even more. His staging was defined and consistent. He guided the actors to create authentic characters. And flourished with a simple yet effective design. Kautz made good use of space, triangulating the stage with Tyler M. Perry’s set. While the actors had no choice but to bleed over into worlds, keeping everything present kept the pace moving. The costume design by Christopher Metzger was on point. The attire evoked the artsy fartsy faux hipsters, thick-rimmed glasses included for all. The lighting by Evan Roby was quite extensive for a Fringe show. And it was of great aid to the production. Again, using the triangulation of the set, having three practicals present and lit at all times allowed for an intriguing transition look.
Schooled is a strong story. It’s a story that is relatable to artists and audience alike. Lisa Lewis has a way with words and knack for imagining a good story. Expect to see more of this one.