Monday, August 4, 2014

Fringe Festival: "REACH"

Day: 4

Show: 13

Title: REACH

Category: Musical theater

By: Nautilus Music-Theater

Created by: Nautilus artists

Location: Rarig Center Xperimental

Summary: A sampler of five new works initiated by, written by, and performed by Nautilus artists.

Highlights: Warning: if you go see this show it will leave you wanting more. It's really more of a reading of new works than a complete and finished show. Most of the songs performed by these talented artists whet my appetite for a whole show, some of which already exist, others which will hopefully be created. "Franky" is an actor's backstage exploration of identity; "East of the Sun" is a beautiful love song in a post-apocalyptic world (and is the one I most want to see developed into a longer piece); "Let Her Grow Old" is a moving piece from Erin Duffy's upcoming solo show; "Coffee Shop" is a mundane everyday coffee shop interaction expressed as opera; and "See the Sun" is a reimagining of the legend of Icarus. Most of these pieces are towards the opera end of the music-theater spectrum, and all are beautifully performed by the ensemble. If you're a fan of music-theater and have not seen Nautilus' work, this is a wonderful opportunity to see what they're all about, which is creating and promoting new and innovative works of music-theater. And if you're already a fan of Nautilus, it will give you a delicious taste of what they're working on.