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Of the Stars and the Apples
Two universes — or possibly more — are straddled in this confusing fantasy by first-time fringe performers (and cousins) Elsa Reesor Taylor and Ellen Reesor.
As the script criss-crosses dimensional boundaries, the pair portrays best friends, mother/daughter, girl/babysitter, pixies, princesses, sprites... it gets hard to keep track.
And it gets annoying.
The pair also performs some original songs with Reesor on guitar, but although they have decent singing voices, and Reesor-Taylor in particular has a sweet face and speaking voice perfect for the role of the innocent child-woman, it still doesn’t clarify things.
They do try hard to deliver some profound observations, but other than a few parts clearly referencing female puberty and the plight of indigenous peoples separated from their culture, any further message is lost among talk of mango sunsets, goddesses, “giantesses” and other ethereal otherworldliness.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
Have you been given the idea that you were made from someone's rib? Have you often felt like a piece of the infinite stuck in real time? Are you fierce when faced with injustice? A changeling child shifts between Evesland, a world of stars and apples, and the world in which we meet you today, where witches have burned and love has been shamed. Voiced through poetry, prose, and song, littered with sparkles and ashes, one girl's coming of age bleeds through the confines of time and space.
Director: Ellen Reesor
Cast: Ellen Reesor & Elsa Reesor-Taylor
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $5 for Students, Seniors, Fringe performers
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Herbal Cigarettes
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM CDT: