HERE presents this world premiere theater and film hybrid from Rob Roth who performs alongside his on-film counterpart, actor Rebecca Hall. An audio and visual poem that meditates on the concept of the artistic muse. More…
Through a queer lens, the piece focuses on alternative realities blending and dissolving in a metaphysical and alchemic journey where sound, time, gender, and fantasy transform. It uses original text, songs, and the language of cinema to create a voyeuristic theatrical experience, inviting the audience to observe the private world of two characters that possibly exist in each other’s imagination.
"A compelling stream of consciousness that flows along with the sound waves and vintage film footage. With stunning technicality and poetic sensitivity, the show paints and composes the complex emotions when we are left alone, discarded and exiled into our most profound addictions and desires...It is rare to see such high-quality execution of all the technical characters including...synchronization between live actor and pre-recorded footage." Full Review
"The technical composition is flawless...Roth gives a seamless performance...The entire piece feels like a kind of dance...Some beats teeter between vulnerable and self-indulgent. There’s a great deal to take in and it can be challenging to know where one’s attention ought to fall...However, once one lets go and allows themselves to sink into the haunting, out-of-time world...’Soundstage’ is a singular experience for audiences that enjoy something off the beaten path.” Full Review
“A lusciously designed, 60-minute queer exorcism...Roth’s construct, while technically impressive with its crisp, expertly framed cinematography and intricately choreographed audio-visuals, does not really push the human conversation forward. Instead, it’s a heavily mediated backward glance that might be meaningful to the creator, but feels dated and vaguely unnecessary. When technology is the freshest thing onstage, there may be a problem.” Full Review
“This beautifully designed, maddeningly aimless show...demonstrates how difficult it is to theatricalize a mindscape...The biggest coup...is Hall’s magnetic presence...The text is verbose and vague, and so comically overheated that it can feel like a parody of Tennessee Williams...What’s most frustrating is that...'Soundstage' dispenses enough tantalizing nuggets to make you wish a dramaturge had helped harness Roth’s imagination...Ultimately, there is no emotional payoff." Full Review
See it if you're looking to discover something through the stories and experiences of others. Very artistic approach on discussing loneliness
Don't see it if you're looking for an easy entertaining show, this piece definitely requires some thoughtful thinking and full attention.
See it if you are a fan of multimedia-infused theater. Also, if the name "David Lynch" gets you excited.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate nonlinear narratives and poetic approach to narration
See it if You love theatrical cinematography, stunning imagery, flawless details and bravery. What if this was the only place you could see yourself?
Don't see it if If you hate the abstract, or the art more than the dialogue. Dislike Ingmar Bergman, Picasso, Sunset Boulevard, Noir, Pan's Labyrinth.
See it if Gay man reveres female screen image via his immersion into TV/Film w/ live strings and vocals. Technical feats of blended media(+wig forms).
Don't see it if One-hour solo show. Female siren, actor Rebecca Hall, upstages (but doesn't appear onstage) and is truly larger-than-life.Don't sit in front
See it if You like performance art done using newer technology, spliced w/multiple mediums simultaneously to indirectly convey deep msg/feeling
Don't see it if You don't like edgy performance art
See it if you are a fan of avant-garde theater. This is a dreamlike exploration of loneliness, nostalgia, and obsession told through song and cinema.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy experimental art, or are not interested in stories told through a queer gaze. Also note that smoking & drug use is depicted.
See it if you like technically ambitious solo shows, a lovely performer interacting with multichannel (live & prerecorded) video, a musing on muses
Don't see it if you want a clear narrative arc or a traditional 'play' rather than a one-man piece
See it if You enjoy the interplay of live performance with film/technology, unconventional storytelling, and performances that explore queer identity.
Don't see it if You prefer straight forward narratives or can’t abide the smell of fake cigarette smoke.
See it if you want to be immersed in the interaction of the technically superior muse and the searching character who is well played by the actor.
Don't see it if multi-media, including a roving camera and projection crew, sometimes with loud television static, and live:screen interaction are not 4 you
See it if you enjoy experimental pieces that fully take advantage of their deployed technology
Don't see it if you dislike multi-media heavy pieces or require an over-arching "message" to latch on to.
See it if You enjoy multimedia productions. Clever use of it & introspective storyline . ...And if you love Rebecca Hall! Was mesmerized by her.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy slow and Depressive storylines. Drug addiction, decaying starlight, etc...
See it if you enjoy the experimental work. An enormous effort has gone into creating the multimedia effects.
Don't see it if you want to see a play. There is a suggestion of characters & plot but mostly you will have to create interpretations of what you are seeing
See it if you appreciate sophisticated layering of media: video, music, dance, solo performance though technology tends to overshadow human elements
Don't see it if you hope to glean coherent narrative or structure--you have to go with the flow of imagery, which is sometimes clever, sometimes cliche
See it if The multimedia effects are amazing and demonstrate an incredible new way to tell a story. Sadly, the play had no story to tell. Frustrating
Don't see it if A gay man in semi-drag, shuffling around, doing drugs and dreaming about his favorite screen diva does not sound like fun to you.
See it if ... The woman's acting in the film is actually not that bad but it just seems pointless, the 2ndhand smoke smells bad and it was suffocating
Don't see it if You have something better to do. The content is not healthy, and it really doesn't make sense to have ninjas wondering around...
See it if You like watching old versions of film noir. The clips were interesting as was his interaction with them.
Don't see it if The subject matter of dark femme fatale stuff does not interest you. Also drug abuse on screen, and fake cigarettes are very present here.
See it if you appreciate masterfully executed video/sound integration, smart direction & avant garde experimentation blending film & live theater.
Don't see it if you want a clear, absorbing story and a sense of pace.
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