Not everyone can say they've seen the world but Bill Bowers sure can! In Bowers' All Over the Map, presented by All For One Theater, a gay mime from Montana recounts his international tales of intrigue that include a bunny mime, The Happy Hooker, and a nudist colony. And that’s just the tip of the ice burg.
|photo by Maria Baranova-Suzuki|
All Over the Map utilized some video projections to help assist the audience with location and time. Designed by Bryce Cutler , it was cutesy. Unlike the other show running in All For One Theater's rep season, if the video wasn't present, All Over the Map could still succeed. And that's at testament to Bowers’ performance prowess. Simplicity was director Martha Banta's secret trick. With only five chairs from scenic designer Ryan Howell, Bowers built a world. Lighting designer Ed McCarthy found beauty in color and focus. By differentiating the looks, tightening in on Bowers allowed the intimate moments to capture hearts.
When you leave a solo show feeling as if you now are the performers best friend, it's safe to say the objective was accomplished. In sixty minutes, Bill Bowers welcomed the audience into his life with open arms. It's evident he has more stories to tell and I look forward to the next show and the new lot of material. It’s safe to say that Bill Bowers is world class.