RECALL: “Something different and something special”
Theatre Review by SANDRO MONETTI
Huge praise should go to LA’s Visceral theatre company for trying something different on the stage scene by mounting a series of sci-fi, thriller and horror plays – and they’ve got something really special with their latest production, Recall.
Unsettling and unforgettable, it’s a tense, complicated but always watchable tale set in a future America where the government keeps a close eye on teenagers prone to violence, presumably before they can commit spree killings in schools.
Closely monitored in this story is 13-year-old Lucy, a sulky and sinister 13-year-old superbly played by a mesmeric Madeline Bertani.
She’s on the run with her unlucky in love mother Justine, an engrossing Karen Nicole, who is determined to prevent her dangerous daughter being “recalled” by the authorities.
But when a mystery man, a disturbed loner and a government agent enter their lives, it’s clear that death is coming for someone…
Director Dan Spurgeon finds the menace in writer Eliza Clark’s clever script and the lighting, set and sound all combine to create a chilling atmosphere.
Written by Eliza Clark
Directed by Dan Spurgeon
Presented by The Visceral Company
At The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Avenue, Hollywood, California.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm until May 4, 2014.
Tickets are $25 for all performances and available at The Visceral Company
Madeline Bertani as Lucy
Lara Fisher as Charlotte
Kevin Grossman as Quinn
Karen Nicole as Justine
Mark Souza as David
Producer – Drew Blakeman
Lighting design – Joshua Silva
Set Design – Chris Bell
Original music and sound design – Tyler Burton
Costume design – Pam Noles
Fight choreography – Matt Franta
Stage Manager – Frank Blocker
Publicity – Drew Blakeman
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