The play takes place at a fishing cabin, with beautifully detailed set design by Steve Kath in a way rarely seen on Open Eye's tiny stage. It's a place that looks familiar to us cabin-going Minnesotans. Except we don't fish for sea trout in Minnesota. That's the game here, but it's more than a game, it's a life's passion for "the man." So when he brings "the woman" up to the cabin to experience it with him, it's a big deal. Or is it? I spent much of this play trying to figure out what was happening, but in a good way. The kind of figuring out that keeps you completely engrossed and on the edge of your seat to see what happens next. And I'm not going to tell you what that is, but there are conversations about big and small things, and characters who aren't who we first think they are. Intrigued? You should be!
|Emily Grodzik as the woman, Andrew Erskine Wheeler|
as the man (photo by Dan Norman)
The River features Andrew Erskine Wheeler in another compelling and natural performance, bringing depth and nuance to a complicated character (see also Walking Shadow's The Christians). He's well matched in Emily Grodzik and Elizabeth Efteland as two of the women he brings to the cabin, similar yet different.
|Andrew Erskine Wheeler as the man, Elizabeth Efteland|
the same woman, or a different woman?
(photo by Dan Norman)
The River continues at Open Eye through September 17.