THEATER / “That Changes Everything” by Joel Horwood, directed by Jordan Best. At Q until July 30. Reviewed by ARNE FEALING.
‘ANIMAL Farm’ meets ‘Lord of the Flies’ on an oil rig – with a touch of utopia for the thoughtful.
A whole framework and a marvelous microcosm to set up a social experience.
This release from Echo Theater presents a high-level theatrical experience. It was purely top notch.
Youth theater working hard to continue a new era for talented artists in the region, “This Changes Everything” was an exciting show that pushed the mind to new thoughts.
A question mark around the structure of power and politics, leadership and collective mentalities – the work seemed to go against classical canonical ideas – analyzing Marxist theories against a utopian way of life and the shackles to freedom.
This piece cultivates a world separate from normal existence, hoping to be led by the many, but actually supported by the few.
The central lesson of any analysis of the corruption of power, particularly from a socialist perspective, is that a collective that hopes to have a common voice invariably becomes corrupt, particularly if the decision-making potential remains in the hands of a only authoritative. voice.
Propelled by agreed codes, with work being the central currency – the expected struggles around equality and how to express individual freedom in a structured environment play out.
Experiencing how the group would be its own leader, while keeping the potential to wield ultimate power in the hands of an individual, recalls the structures that history has endured and through which it has succeeded. Where generally, the General always falls.
The downfall of such environments tends to be in the corruption of wealth and power. And this piece simulates that experience, without going too far into the obstinate story, or its various literary representations.
An exciting and well-produced play – Jordon Best worked his cast into a tight team of on-point performers.
Exciting, funny, inquisitive and able to present the story with all its clarity, it was a show that demanded attention. A keen ear was needed to tune in, and a keen mind was needed to consider the many plot decisions and characters presented. Getting to know each took a while, but once clicked through, the journey presented was stark, intriguing, and full of quality at every turn.
Flawless in his playing and production – while everything hovered within a point of perfection from first beat to last, a slight tightening of pace could have kicked out some of his lethargy. A new focus on using natural voices on stage, rather than a collective leaning towards the “stage” voice, for those who haven’t tried a more methodical technique, could also have changed the tone and state of ‘spirit.
With nothing to stop a deep victory – except for some older folks, a rather predictable and generously referenced plot structure, “This Changes Everything” brings the audience to the edge of their consciousness and brings them to their place for an hour and a half of brilliant theatre. Something to cherish.
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