ED2013 4/5 Reviews ED2013 Theatre Reviews

Mask (CalArts Festival Theater)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

With its outstanding actors and strikingly well executed choreography, this creatively staged play dropped the audience into a gritty pit of blistering passion. Kidnapping the audience’s attention, the plot painted layer after layer of human interest. Its mutual cruelty and tangible dysfunction gripped audience-members by the throat, rendering them fully invested in the desire and disgust. However, before we were able to absorb the climax, we were thrown into the bows and offered little opportunity for reflection. Perhaps it was the intention to provide only a snapshot of the heady ferocity, but the ending felt lacking in resolution or satisfaction – meaning the violence felt somewhat unsubstantiated, rather than a device leading to denouement. Extended a little, ‘Mask’ could be outstanding.

Venue 13, until 24 Aug (not 12), 1.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kate Pasola]