"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
"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
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.
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)..
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.
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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