"Awesome" at On the Boards Apr 23, 2010
by Jeffery Fracé
I far prefer a show that dreams big and doesn't always get what it wants to those shows that are content to show only what they know. The show "West", just like the pioneers that went there, is surely in the first category. At times the performers seemed dwarfed by their own concept -- not to mention the overwhelming set -- and somehow, that seemed to work. The relativity of size was reflected on several levels, which led me to think this was not all accidental: a miniature model of the set within the set, for example, as well as a tiny diorama of the night sky. What is it about the image of stars that gets me every time? Well, perhaps all the packages didn't get delivered, but I was granted a lot of space and freedom in this "West" to ponder, to wonder and to dream. That's definitely worth the sacrifice of a sometimes bumpy journey.