In Jeff Stolzer's provocative new play, a married couple places a winning bid on an abandoned storage locker in the hopes of finding valuables inside. What they discover instead turns out to be a lot more than they bargained for.
"Julián Mesri’s direction pieces together the puzzle of juggling alternate universes beautifully in order to bring obsession and greed typically associated with materialism and power to the forefront. So much so that the audience is forced to literally question what is real and what is the play’s truth on numerous levels...The three-actor-ensemble exhibits an extraordinary chemistry and a palpable intensity that inherently makes the play work." Full Review
"Though the stage looks as drab, dirty, and cluttered as the city dump, tension builds from the start and never lets up...The ensemble cast is very good in bringing this desperation to life...Julián Mesri directs with a sure hand, maximizing the claustrophobic set by his clever use of other areas of the space, such as the sound booth, and his addition of multi-media. A solid job all around." Full Review
"Director Julián Mesri invests the script with a tempo that draws the audience in...Stolzer’s script, with an ample amount of intrigue, and Mesri’s keen staging keep everything moving smoothly until the last five minutes, when it all just sputters...Even the actors, who until this point were spot-on, appear lost...For 65 minutes, or 92% of the time, 'Storage Locker' and its quirky, delicious contents deliver." Full Review
"It’s clear that Mesri is more interested in using this play as a scaffold for an experiment in performativity than he is in its dramaturgy, or even in getting the audience invested in his characters, no matter how charmingly they are presented...It’s all a bit exhausting, and perhaps a disservice to the play...For maximum enjoyment, 'Storage Locker' should be judged less as a work of storytelling than as an experiment meant to expand one's idea of what it means to perform for an audience." Full Review
"The production resembles nothing so much as a train wreck. You are horrified watching it, glad you’re not involved, but you can’t walk away because the play is 70 minutes without an intermission...The 'surprise' twist at the very end that comes out of nowhere and has nowhere to go? That belongs more to an M. Night Shyamalan/Disney movie mash-up...Bafflingly, the director Julian Mesri, has decided that the fix for what ails 'Storage Locker' is to turn it into an actual reality TV show." Full Review
See it if A well paced play for those who appreciate refreshing subject with clever plot of surprise twists, humor, great acting & staging.
Don't see it if It really should appeal to everyone except those with NO humor & too lazy to follow the dialogue loaded with it.
See it if you like controversial, avant-garde, contemporary performing arts that doesn't go by the standard and the old rules of theater and acting.
Don't see it if you can't stand seeing a diverse cast; and you expect the world to be as it is in your head.
See it if You love a play of ideas that always keeps you guessing, a show whose big, dark and wonderfully realized themes are never compromised.
Don't see it if You need to see conventional stories told conventionally. This play decides to tell a story about technology by (partly) using technology.
See it if You are okay with simple staging. You are not looking for something deep and moving. You want to laugh. You like an unusual ending.
Don't see it if You need a big production. You need to see something deep and moving. You are too serious about what plays you see.
See it if If you like sci-fi if you like things that are reminiscent of night gallery. If you like short shows.
Don't see it if If you are not into unusual plots. If you don't like sci-fi. If you like in-depth characters.
See it if you like-weird plot resolutions-the twilight zone-satire-storage wars-plays taking place in virtually one scene/setting
Don't see it if you want-three dimensional characters-a clear theme/ throughout. you don't like-redundant dialogue
See it if you don't mind dialogue that sounds pulled off a page, characters whose actions are impossible to believe, acting as wooden as the writing.
Don't see it if any of those things would signal a waste of your time
See it if The clash between what we have and what we covet is interesting, just doesn't offer fleshed-out plot or characters. Could be saved.
Don't see it if The clash between men and women as shown is weakly presented as name-calling. The who-has-power angle could be better examined.
See it if you know someone in the cast, want to support IATI Theatre & encourage them to do better & keep producing new scripts
Don't see it if you value the price of the ticket and time spent, much better choices can be made
See it if you are intrigued by the avant-garde, not so obvious and enjoy off-off-off-off broadway productions.
Don't see it if you are confused by non-apparent themes and are expecting polished sets, performances, and the like.
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