Enigma Variations: Psychological Drama Explores Love, Identity
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The last date listed for Enigma Variations was Saturday April 27, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from L. Rocco
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Full disclosure: I am good friends with both the director and producer of this show.
That being said, I can still claim with honest and complete impartiality that this was perhaps one of the most engaging and satisfying productions I have ever seen. And much of the credit goes to director Sarah Gazdowicz for her seemingly risky decision to cast three separate actors for each of the two characters featured in this play. Thanks to her direction, some cues from the blocking and costumes, and six stellar performances from the cast, this risk yields a big reward. In a play which involves issues of identity, love, and communication, it was refreshing and incredibly imaginative to actually personify the various archetypes or facets of the two characters' personalities with separate actors. I was thoroughly impressed and taken with how these archetypes interacted not only with those of the other character, but among themselves as well. And the decision to cast female actors to represent a few of these archetypes (the two characters are men) is further challenging to the audience yet does not distract or detract from the production as a whole.
And a note about the quality of the cast, there are a few rather large revelations during the course of this show which, had they been performed by a less able collection of actors, would have become melodramatic and grating. Thanks to each of their intriguing and dedicated performances, however, this did not happen.
To sum up my review in four words: go see this show.
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Enigma Variations was superbly written, intriguing, deeply emotional and well acted. I enjoyed the show immensely. The connection between the 2 major characters being a woman named Helen was an insightful story that delved deep into each one's...continued