Friday, November 16, 2018

Care of Trees—Enso theatre ensemble—SE Portland


                      Root of it All

    This two-character drama is written by E. Hunter Spreen and directed by Caitlin Lushington.  It is playing at the Shaking-the-Tree space, 823 SE Grant St., through December 2nd.  For more information, go to their site at www.ensotheatre.com

    What is it all about?  Why are we here?  Expansive questions…no simple answers.  But, to approach it All—Life “…be brave, be curious, be determined…” (Stephen Hawking).  In other words, perhaps, take a chance on Life and live it to the fullest, as if there are no tomorrows.  And consider, we, indeed, may only “…be such things as dreams are made on…” so make this one the grandest dream of all!

    As in the case of Georgia (Megan Gotz) and Travis (Jon Gennari), they meet (accidentally or pre-determined?) at a cocktail party.  They banter, stalk each other, explore the sexual possibilities and, finally, throw their hats into the ring called Love.  They probe each other, test the waters, grow together, evolve and explore the highs and lows…ebbing and flowing with whatever the tides…the Game of Life…may bring.  Tears and laughter cancel each other out, no points one way or the other for that, but the goal is scored when they complete the match together, a bit more worn, perhaps, but resolves in tact.  Both winners.

    This is a complicated and intricate plot of two souls finding their purpose.  Can’t really give you details without giving away aspects that an audience should discover.  And it is simply done, with a couple of chairs, a bed, some incidental props and visuals…but it will cover a lifetime for them.  I admire greatly these two actors, as they had to exposed their souls to reach the Truths embedded in this trek of two lives enmeshed.  Kudos to them!

    And, Lushington, has amazingly worked out a roadmap for their journey that, as sweeping as it is, doesn’t leave you floundering as to when and where they are.  She also seems to have a knack for guiding, not only the audience, but specific details of the emotional paths the actors should take.  This is a show for adults but it’s obvious it’s also a very personal exploration, a catharsis, perhaps, for the author and, possibly, viewers as well.

    I recommend this show.  If you do choose to see it, please tell them Dennis sent you.
--DJS

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