|photo by David Anthony|
Creating a thriller is not easy. Director Akia did her best to bring the elements together in this festival setting. With stronger actors as Isabel and Young Isabel the overall tone may have been captured but the other features didn’t quite add up. While the schlocky 70s hotel was captured in Jak Prince’s design, the lighting didn’t do match. In the first act, Isabel lights three lanterns as we learn the power is out. While lighting the actors and scene is important, the practicality of the cast light combined with the theater lights brought further down would have created the eerie mode of the piece.
Sprucehaven B has elements that could scare the pants off of the audience. Only there seemed to be a lot holding back this production. The twists couldn’t quite save Spruchaven B.