Saturday, November 20, 2010

Learning A Lot from Two Iliads

Last night I saw An Iliad performed at Portland Center Stage by Joseph Graves and directed by Penny Metropulos.  Mr. Graves is an energetic performer who brings sterling but not overdone diction and tremendous physical vitality to this demanding solo show.  He balanced the show differently than did Stephen Spinella at The McCarter.  Where Spinella was more often harrowing, Graves was avuncular.  Where Spinella worked with physical economy and precision, Graves was freer and less sculptural.

I learned more by watching both these two productions than I would have from just one of them about how to support textual lyricism, choreograph action, and establish multiple characterizations in solo performance.

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