Dust, a Thriller, Starring Richard Masur and Hunter Foster
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Experience an amazing night of high-flying feats and stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil. This magical romance, inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, takes you to a mysterious island where goddesses walk the land and the rhythm of life is ruled by the cycles of the moon. The daughter of Queen Prospera is undergoing the rituals of her coming-of-age ceremony when a group of young men, caught up in a storm, become stranded on the island. Prospera's daughter falls in love with one of the brave sailors, but the two lovers must overcome many trials and setbacks before finding peace together. As the story unfolds, the dazzling arts of Cirque du Soleil illustrate the tale. The island world of Amaluna bursts to life with jugglers, aerial performers, dancers, unicyclists and much more. Learn More
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Featured review from Rashida Ayers
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The play started out with a promising first act, including convincing acting, a universally relatable theme, and a slowly ratcheting intensity that created a robust, guitar string tension. Alas, the good times ended there. The theme involves two protagonists: one who has lost faith in his ability to create a meaningful existence, and the other coming to terms with the transient nature of youth and vitality. While the theme has great potential, the combination of great, lukewarm, and mediocre actors did not hang well. Protagonist #1, Hunter Foster, performed wonderfully and ended up carrying the entire play; he was convincing, emotionally engaging, and came across as the more serious of the actors. Protagonist #2, Richard Masur, started out great, but started to lag as the play progressed. He was great in act one as the strong willed, monied businessman used to getting his way. I saw in him a dozen such self-important New Yorkers encountered regularly on the streets of the City. I loved it. However, perhaps due to his inability to shine beside Foster or being surrounded by the less than impressive acting of John Shiappa and particularly, Laura Campbell, he simply faltered.
Laura Campbell was very forgettable, and at all times her acting was contrived and superficial. In each act, I got the distinct impression that she was “acting”, and she never came across as a believable personality. She simply sank the show. Curtis McClarin also seemed somewhat restricted, but was fairly believable in both roles as Probation Officer and Drug Pusher. Overall, the play had too many weak performances to make it great. Hunter Foster is a very good actor who needs to surround himself with equally talented stage folk. Richard Masur also has stage presence, but somehow got lost as the play went on. My 10YO daughter, however, loved the play, and appreciated its intended message. The theatre itself was a great, intimate setting and the creativity and resourcefulness involved in creating a variety of settings with limited working space is impressive.
Quotes & Highlights
“Excellent acting, writing laced with mordant humor, and a shocking denouement.” —Associated Press
“An A-list cast in a high wattage production.” —Variety
“Dust begins with a struggle over power and respect. Verbal sparring turns angry, posturing leads to entrenched positions, and out of nothing – out of dust – a grudge match is born. Billy Goda tells his story in short, sharp scenes, each with a clear dramatic idea, and Scott Zigler has directed with a fine feel for pacing. Richard Masur (”Rhoda_" and “One Day at a Time”) is a warm, likeable actor – and he and the skilled Hunter Foster ("_Urinetown"_) work to make the characters’ psychological contours believable." —_The New York Times