Donald Margulies wrote this charming script of Victorian-era tall tales rather recently, so it is devised in a modern streamlined manner with clever use of assorted boxes and simple props and only two other actors. The versatile Steve Ledyard and Christine Fisk do have some lines, too, aptly taking on assorted roles in support of Louis’s tall tales. They are mother, aboriginal wife, canine companion, Queen Victoria… and more. Both these two talented shape-shifters and director Sadonna Croff are to be applauded for the choreography of character/costume juggling. This tale smacks of classic adventure stories such as “Robinson Crusoe” and “Tales of the Arabian Nights,” grown from seeds planted during Louis's sickly childhood.
I would not bring small children to this, but it should spark the imagination and entertain audiences from late-elementary school age to adults.
Performances continue Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 through February 22.
Tickets ($15) available at the door of AA Creative Corridor,1133 S. Washington Ave. (a cute little gallery/storefront on the east side of the street, south of the highway.)
For more information call 517.775.4246