By Ed Malin
Renowned playwright Israel Horovitz has a new play at LaMaMa. Barefoot Theatre Company and Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto present Gloucester Stage Company’s production of Man In Snow. The author directs this moving work, which has been adapted from his radio play for BBC 4.
Jenna McFarland Lord’s set is a beautiful stark white, to which Niluka Hotaling’s lighting adds the brilliant Aurora Borealis. The non-linear storytelling is very interesting and I got the impression that the characters who were not in a particular scene were observing and listening to the action. Franny, who like Emily works in publishing, is always reading stories and even has dreams about them. This play also connects the world of the living and the world of the dead, despite the opinion of Connie that you only get one shot at life. Those who are looking for a testament to lifelong monogamous love will certainly appreciate this show and the emotionally conversant characters. Mr. Takayama’s endorsement of the old-fashioned Japanese extended family living arrangement is also beautiful.