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THEATER REVIEW: Love theme unifies pieces of Redundant's 'Number 1'
by Jim Cavener, CITIZEN-TIMES CORRESPONDENT
published January 28, 2007 12:15 am
ASHEVILLE — The Redundant Theatre Company Theatre has hit its stride and finally achieved the form its founders envisioned when they started working together some years ago. With "Number 1 (With a Bullet)," Redundant has come into its own.
"Number 1" features three new plays and three "repeats," with variations of audience or players' favorites from the past.
Redundant operates more like a musical ensemble than a typical theater. The group stages short plays, several in an evening, much as a musical concert of different songs.
The glue that holds together the six pieces of "Number 1" is a love theme, anticipating the arrival of Valentine's Day. A clever transition between the various vignettes is the reading of actual love letters.
The opening episode, "A Bowl of Soup," is a show Redundant had considered for some time but couldn't find the right context. But here, it guides the audience pretty specifically into the group's version of a love show. It's a good opener.
This is often provocative material and intellectually demanding. The company provides a talented and precocious cast. Willie Repoley, Rain Newcomb, Rebecca Morris and Todd Weakley are each a master of dialect and nuanced acting. While some of the material is obscure, other pieces are quite intellectually demanding, everyone seeing this production will marvel at the mastery of technique and delivery of vast amounts of material.
Jim Cavener writes on theater for the Citizen-Times. Email at: JimCavener@aya.Yale.edu