Arts Runoff: IF

Summary: A series of theatrical vignettes generally dealing with missed connections and “what-ifs” at different stages in life. Runtime ~ 45 minutes. The whole thing was written, acted and staged by the cast.

Good: Great use of the Gamut Room. It’s an awkard space for staging, but the group made the right choice in flipping around the usual layout. // The visual atmosphere was fantastic: black clothes for the actors, white sheets put to a good variety of uses, warm light from candles and faerie lights. // Songs and silent mini-scenes added variety, and a couple of recurring narratives added consistency. // Six-word love stories!

Bad: For being in such an informal space and having such a down-to-earth visual scheme, the performances in If felt a little too serious: words and rhetorical points were given more emphasis than characters. If the characters themselves had been given more attention, their speeches would’ve been that much better. // Individual scenes were good, but I lost the thread of the piece at times, in a way that would have been unacceptable if the show were any longer than it was. // Unfortunately, the cast couldn’t overcome one major limit of the Gamut Room: there’s really only one place to enter and exit.

Broad: It’s always good to see different worlds overlap. If was not created as part of a class, and it was put together by a group largely unaffiliated with the Theater Department. It also brought in a venue that the campus never seems to know how to use properly.

Contextual Rating: If you have something important to do this weekend,
…do it, and see this show if you can.
…put it off and see If.
…skip it. SEE THIS SHOW.

If in the Gamut Room (bottom floor of Gifford), 8:00 and 10:00 Saturday. Free!