Rhinoceros Theater’s Fringe Festival has given curiosity seekers much to smile at and savor.
“Rung” an opera born in the same fringe environment has a lot to live up to. Alas, it didn’t make it. In fact, it’s hard to say what it made altogether.
There were some nice strong voices --Tenor T-Roy Martin, Alto Jennifer Roehm, Soprano Lucia Mier y Terán Romero, and Baritone Chris Schoen. There was a convincing set of a madman’s basement where he worked on his Frankenstein-like assembly.
There were some nice low-budget AV tricks to keep us engaged.
All good things, but at the end it was just a “huh?”. There’s a lot of language in this piece and great self-consciousness of words as words and the author’s idiosyncratic verbiage. This was a case study in how words don’t necessarily communicate.
The press materials describe ““A loose-grip mash up of Frankenstein, Noah's Ark and cursory epistemology, Rung is about an obsessive recluse building a body for a disembodied voice.” Perhaps you will be more discerning and find pearls in this piece that somehow eluded this reviewer en toto.
“Rung”, written by Matt Test, runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through June 29 at Prop Thtr, 3502 North Elston.
Advance tickets are available through the Curious Theatre Branch website.
Photos by Peter Kachergis unless otherwise indicated