|photo by Nicole Thompson|
Val was the only clear arc in Fen, which may be due to Churchill's writing or the dominating performance from Aimee Rose Ranger. Ranger radiates with hope. There is something delightful the way Ranger carried herself through Val’s journey. Lizzie Vieh is transformative, easily shifting age and gender. As the resident male of the company, Rudi Utter offers gruffness, portraying the drastic differences between gender in this world. His times as Frank against Ranger’s Val were heartwarming. Rounding out the company, Annie Harper Branson, Katie Consamus, and Lauren Lubrow fill out the ensemble parts, shining through their notes of humor.
Why Fen is not produced more often is a bit shocking. Red Garnet Theater Company has provided a solid production of a strong text. Sure the storytelling took some time to heat up, once it did, the audience was along for the ride.