My 280-character (or less) review of Theater Mu and Mixed Blood Theatre's first ever collaboration:
Friends, run don't walk to see #twomilehollow (co-production from @theatermu and @mixed_blood). I can't decide whom I love most in this cast of comic geniuses! But behind all the wackiness and humor is some seriously smart commentary on race and class in America.If you don't have time to continue reading this post, that pretty much tells you what you need to know. Or stick with me as I expand on this tweet by a few hundred more words. Either way, if you like your theater smart, funny, relevant, and painfully true, Two Mile Hollow is not to be missed. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
|the Donnellys at dinner (photo by Rich Ryan)|
|movie star Christopher (Eric Sharp) with stepmother Blythe|
(Sun Mee Chomet) and stepsister Mary (Kathryn Fumie)
(photo by Rich Ryan)
Mu's Artistic Director Randy Reyes does a great job with this wacky script (some of the characters speak in strange accents and affectations) and the wonderful cast, keeping the tone at a heightened overly exaggerated soapy style. As I tweeted, I can't decide whom in this cast I love most; it changes from minute to minute. Is it Sherwin Resurreccion with his adorably neurotic portrayal of Joshua and his inability to pronounce words correctly? Or Eric Sharp with his movie star swagger that just oozes Hollywood? Or Kathryn Fumie as the damaged daughter with serious mommy issues and a crush on her stepbrother? Or Sun Mee Chomet, playing Blythe like the most extreme Real Housewife? Or Meghan Kreidler, as the outsider forced to the breaking point by these ridiculous white people? Perhaps it's all of the above.
Mixed Blood's black box space continues its setup from last fall's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a sort of two-sided thrust with the action at times spilling out the front and into the audience. Set designer Joseph Stanley has designed a posh beach house for the Donnelly, with boxes showing its in-transition stage. Costume designer Joanne Jongsma has dressed the cast in character-defining outfits, from Blythe's high heels and too much bling, to Mary's sweet little girl skirt, to Christopher's leather jacket and silk ascot.
Two Mile Hollow continues through March 4 at Mixed Blood Theatre in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis. Be prepared to squirm, laugh, rethink some attitudes, and have a great time.