Caitlin Mason

Caitlin Mason’s Event Journal

Rocket Man

Rocketmandonny
Friday August 16, 2013 / 8:00pm
Rocket Man
1 ticket
General Admission
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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Flat Earth Theatre does it again with another stupendous show in "Rocket Man"! The acting was superb as usual. Robin Gabrielli beautifully portrays Donny, a middle-aged man who has lost his family, and arguably his grip on reality, and decides to take a trip to a parallel world. His friends, Louise (Juliet Bowler) and Buck (Scott Alan) act as comic relief and support system, and both do so splendidly, expertly and convincingly changing gears from light-hearted to serious. Meanwhile, ex-wife Rita (Korinne Ritchey) and jilted daughter, Trisha (Mariagrazia LaFauci) seem only too happy to point out the short-comings of the unhinged Donny, and become surprisingly tender amid moments of high tension and anger. What makes these performances even more incredible is the fact that each actor plays the same character but with major personality changes in the universe of the second act, where time goes backwards, and 16 year old Trisha becomes the "sage of the house", and Buck, the elderly widower, becomes the youngster. Along with a fabulously talented cast, the design team obviously know what they're doing, too. The set and set dressing really makes you feel like you're sitting in someone's attic, and the lighting and sound design perfectly accents the emotional roller coaster ride. It's no real surprise - an award winning company, combined with an award winning director and an outrageously cast is the perfect recipe for a great show. Go see it - you will not regret it!