Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Taut

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Axis Company presents an ensemble driven adaptation of the 1952 Western classic. 

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In this interpretation of 'High Noon,' the Wild West is not the place of heroes and adventure, but a landscape of overbearing nothingness where humans, and their moral conflicts, are cast in glaring light. As the town awaits the alleged return, and savage revenge streak, of a murderer on the noon train, their marshal desperately tries to rally support and save his own life.


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75
Theatermania

"Every performance is unnervingly suspicious...Presented as one long scene with no clear breaks, Sharp's dark vision feels like an inescapable nightmare...Despite its occasionally soporific tone, 'High Noon' couldn't be timelier as we reexamine political authority and who has the legitimacy to wield it. While the original film presented a black and white tale of duty, Axis admirably paints in shades of gray." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"A triumph of superior production design and physical staging, this 60-minute theatrical adaptation of the classic 1952 film 'High Noon' conceived by Axis Company is emotionally uninvolving...Director Randy Sharp has the cast of 10 on view and in motion for the entire time. They’re precisely and variably positioned all over the space and this yields numerous aesthetic stage pictures and tableaus. Some of which are gratuitous embellishments." Full Review

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84
Great acting, Inventive staging, Awesome sound design

See it if you enjoy seeing a great ensemble at work. Minimalistic slick design. Nothing happens and everything happens at once. Superior sound design

Don't see it if you prefer realism in theater. You have trouble following rapid switching between the scenes.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Great acting , not long. They tell the story in a refreshing way. Yes it a western.

Don't see it if You want active and flash.

Also They do a great job in telling the story. The stage all white and the ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you want to see an expert cast tackle a tradition and make it their own. Superb lighting, perfect setting. great costumes

Don't see it if Only one hour (could be a positive for some)..

94
Great staging, Thrilling, Mysterious, Taut, Lean

See it if you’d like to see a Western that blows the genre open, but not before it pays the original its deepest respects.

Don't see it if for you the Western is sacred, or you can’t bear to see the original film tampered with, or you’re looking for a conventional play.

Also “High Noon” succeeds in 2 infrequently compatible realms. It’s a total... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you like quick, intense shows with a tight ensemble.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical, or a show with a tidy resolution.

Also Great sound design, haunting staging and worth it for the surprising f... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You like character studies, western themes, great staging, political intrique

Don't see it if confusion, lots of dialogue, my husband fell asleep, disappointing plot & ending

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a first-rate ensemble in an incredibly affecting exploration of the American West, human mortality, and nihilism.

Don't see it if you are too attached to the movie--this isn't your ordinary Western...


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