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Alas
Alas

Alas
Trap Door Theatre at Online Stream
Thru - Sep 24, 2020

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Trap Door Theatre at Online Stream

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Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Mejia favors closeups on the performers' mouths, which reminded me of Samuel Beckett's Not I, which similarly features an actor reciting a torrent of jumbled fragments against the backdrop of an enlarged mouth. It's a hallucinatory and disquieting experience, and Trap Door shows they're as adept at using film to honor Vişniec's visions as they are three-dimensional stagecraft."
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Kerry Reid



Windy City Times- Recommended

"...The result is a kaleidoscopic collage ( assembled by director Mejia in their additional capacity as video editor, along with their responsibilities as the show's composer and sound designer ) so dazzling that by the time we are confronted by a series of brutally familiar images reflecting our own country's experience, our first impulse is to repeat our brief, but densely packed, dark-ride tour in search of warnings we might have missed the first time, or perhaps just another glimpse of the single shimmering-gold tear welling forth from a clown's sad blue eye."
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Mary Shen Barnidge



Around The Town Chicago- Somewhat Recommended

"...While ďAlasĒ can lend itself to a stimulating discussion about culture, economics, politics, and society in this country and worldwide, the show could have been made so much richer if we had only cared about each of the characters, especially in the context of the words they used to present themselves. The script basically ignores the need for empathy among the viewing audience as a means for keeping us engaged. The result is a production where many important subjects are approached at armsí length and are made out to be absurd rather than meaningful."
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Julia W. Rath



Third Coast Review- Recommended

"...Visniecís complete work is titled Cabaret of Words, a series of sketches or prose poems. The Alas script or monologue is made up of fragments, phrases and words (plus occasional gunfire) that create an aural experience layered on top of the spectacular visual effects created by Mejia and an international cast. The 16 performers are from 10 countries and include several Trap Door ensemble members. The work is performed in English infused with Afrikaans, Catalan, Italian and Spanish."
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Nancy Bishop



Picture This Post- Somewhat Recommended

"...As a virtual production alone, ALAS, in this writer's view, takes impressive lengths to create a performance that looks much like a typical Trap Door Theatre offering. Costume and gorgeous make up design - all created by the cast members themselves within their homes- appropriately plays into the abstract, other worldly experience of the piece. While the dystopian society itself feels distant, the fact that the production takes place virtually and shows elements of the actors' individual homes also adds a familiar feel. Audiences might find that balance invites them to make further connections to the world surrounding them, and even ask further questions about the structures in place that want some change."
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Lauren Katz