Seattle Times reviews West Apr 23, 2010

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch at Seattle Times reviews West:

In "West," their epic-scale and near-epic-length new show at On the Boards, the video wizardry of "Awesome" (always in quotes) has taken a quantum leap. The white silhouette of a galloping horse ripples across a rugged backdrop. A night-sky is unveiled inside a packing crate. Trickles of blood drip down from where you least expect them.

These fancy flourishes are all part of a dreamlike meditation on the myths and transformations of the American West that's both ambitious and ambiguous. It's served up with music, movement and a whole array of stage trickery that keeps things lively, or at least trance-inducing, even when the show is nonlinear to the point of being cryptic.

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"Awesome" / matthew richter / northwest series / west


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