When you step foot in a theatre, you never know exactly what is going to happen. It’s one of the magical things about live theater. The actors, the set design, and the music create this magical world for the audience to take part in. On Friday night, I was lucky enough to go to Art House Production’s performance of “Grace, or the art of climbing” by L.M. Feldman with some friends during their ‘Pride Night’ with Hudson Pride. It was a wonderful experience with great actors, a wonderful script, and a compelling story of fear, acceptance, and growth.
Right at the beginning, I felt unsure of where the play was taking me. Emily Kitchens played the character Emm, whom at the start was definitively a lost soul. You know things are not going well for her with the depiction of time passing and her hardly moving. The constant reminders of the temporal trope throughout the show keeps the audience in tuned with the passage of time. Emily has an incredibly expressive face which allows for the sadness, the anger, the attraction, and all her emotions throughout the show to create a vivid picture of Emm’s characters. This makes you feel for her almost instantly, even though right at the start you’re not quite sure what’s going on.