Last Saturday, a show called Aliasing Stardust took place at the Firehouse Theatre. It was about an hour long performance with three actresses and one actor. The set design was exquisite. At about ten feet high and fifteen feet long, a white, whimsical looking sculptor, made of loosely hanging threads that resembled bead curtains stood strikingly on center stage. It had a very angelic presence, almost goddess like.
There were three portions to the prop; the center which was a cylinder, and then the two wings beside it. The thinly hanging threads moved like water with the touch of the actors. Whenever someone would emerge from behind, their entrance onto the front of the stage would resemble someone stepping out from behind a waterfall. It was beautiful.
The performance itself was pretty interesting. The producer of the show, a woman named Caroline, gave the actors a huge role in developing their characters, which was explained after the show during the artist Q and A. One girl in particular really played up the stereotypical millennial by strutting absent-minded across the stage with her phone inches from her face with cynical remarks on how challenging life is when no one around you can take you seriously. Another girl drew inspiration from the recent election. In one scene in particular, she stood before the stage prop and demanded to be heard, regardless of the absent-minded noise of the political realm. She was very bold within her monologue, making passionate remarks about our human collective consciousness.
My favorite part of the show was the projected videos that were on the sculpture to enhance each scene. One video in particular was an up close shot of an orange getting squeezed. Fruit alone will always be a nice little addition to a visual display, and this happened to be reflecting onto a gorgeous, flowing, white construction, making it even more intriguing. The two wings beside the center piece where used for split videos, where the actors would be in the center piece conversing, and the videos on the wings beside them were in some how mirroring their actions.
The storyline, to be honest, lacked clarity. It was challenging to try and understand what exactly the show was about. During the artist Q and A, an audience member expressed this confusion, and the producer said it was suppose to be a coming of age type storyline.
To me, a good performance is one that can bring a certain level of excitement or deep emotion. While this performance overall was a pleasant visual experience, there lacked a solid ground from which the audience could perceive it from. If anything, it was as series of character sketches. Because the characters were all fairly interesting, it was easy to stay involved as an audience, but to bring it to the next level, the telling of their stories could have been clarified.