This dark, offbeat world premiere from Dutch Kills centers around a couple who encounter a half-woman, half-seal creature of myth. More…
American couple Keaton and Deanna, saddled with debt and buoyed by lust-driven optimism, move abroad for a fresh start. In their attempt to reinvent themselves as enterprising expats, they’re plunged into a torrid triangle with Alondra, an alluring and mischievous Selkie. Keaton’s aggression and Deanna’s complicity in Alondra’s exploitation result in a maelstrom of perverse romance and wet revenge in exploration of domestic violence – of being trapped – and two approaches to escape.
“’Selkie’ is a smart and darkly funny play...Dickson’s direction complements Knight’s excellent writing...Acting is solid throughout...The only weak spot in the evening is Dispatch Combat Collective’s fight choreography toward the end of the play—it wasn’t bad, but felt a bit underwhelming for a high stakes moment in the play...Overall, ‘Selkie’ is a work that manages to be both funny and thought-provoking...Knight’s dialogue and plotting are smart and finely tuned.” Full Review
"Whenever I think of Krista Knight, radical optimism comes to mind...There’s a sense of playfulness to the way she approaches and even dissects the darkest of subject matters...We see the tragedy of this toxic relationship clearly, but with a refreshingly high-energy rhythm, and a fearless embrace of humor. 'Selkie' is an entertaining play even as it gives you pause...Some of the non-verbal storytelling moment are somewhat confusing...A fascinating play that’s been skillfully staged." Full Review
“’Selkie’ is not a major opus of dramatic literature but it’s quite likeable and sustains its 75-minute length. Taking place at an unnamed foreign coastal locale, the atmospheric exoticism and pervading sense of doom amidst the comic antics recalls a grim film noir scenario cleverly crossed with fantasy. Besides the vibrant performances, what puts it over is the superlative presentation...’Selkie’ is a cool and entertaining diversion.” Full Review
“The set design is misguided, too literal...More elemental, though, is a lack of chemistry between DeNoble and Rodriguez that makes Deanna and Keaton unconvincing as a married couple...Dickson layers on some nice effects, most notably pop-culture images of idealized domesticity in projections by Birykova. But the production doesn’t do much to ground or clarify a tangled play whose smart and intriguing premise, alas, never comes close to paying off.” Full Review
See it if you are looking for something unusual. The play uses a mythological creature as a metaphor for domestic violence.
Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward drama. And not that here is nudity, drug use and violence.
See it if If you're interested in new play development, this feels very much like the current voice - non-realistic, distant, cynical. Cool idea!
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional show, or nuance in a show about domestic violence.
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