|photo by Katherine Lee|
What sets Why So Much Shame? apart is the simplicity and vision by director Sara Peters. Peters places a piece of artificial grass with an assortment of childhood items and memories. They’re not just there to create a set, Ferraro subtly comments on each, allowing the audience to pick up on them if they so choose. You can’t help but smile seeing the tape of “Three Men and a Baby” is referenced or the file folder of Daddy’s memories. The other welcome extra to the production was the evocative lighting. Sure, the lighting occasionally changed haphazardly, there were certain moods that were so fitting, and it elevated the story.
Nicole Ferraro has a great piece on her hands. Standing alone on stage, Ferraro would have succeeded but what director Sara Peters brought to the stage is what makes Why So Much Shame? shine.