|photo by Michael Bernstein|
Defining the rules of space is essential in storytelling. Director Jenny Beth Snyder utilized the cutout walls by Mary Hamrick’s scenic design to create a room. But to exit the room and subsequently the building, Snyder had Marshall walk up and behind the downstage wall which based on the rules on space is in the sky. While the restrains of Fringe are very likely to blame, there is nothing that takes you out of the moment like flimsy structures that flop when a body walks by. And we won't even discuss the makeshift bed.
Night of the Living is an emotional roller coaster. Thrillers like this hit home when there is honesty. Perhaps it was just this performance but the honesty was severely lacking.