Frozen - The Underground

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Frozen is a play by Bryony Lavery that tells the story of the disappearance of a ten-year old girl, Rhona. The play follows Rhona’s mother and killer over the years that follow the incident. These two characters are linked by a psychiatrist studying the presence of mental illness in murderers. The themes of the play include emotional paralysis and forgiveness.
Each actor made their character convincing. For Cory Anderson (Ralph) the switch between an emotionless monster to suddenly feeling the weight of the emotions of all the bad things he’d done was flawless. In the beginning of the show he was very hard to understand because of his accent, which may confuse people on what the story is supposed to be about. Julie MacIver Venhuizen (Agnetha the psychiatrist) started off very strong and ended strong, but stumbled over a few words in her numerous and lengthy scientific monologs. Julie Ahasay (Rhona’s Mother) was strong throughout and by far the strongest character. When she was in the spotlight she made it feel like she actually did loose a daughter, and she was reliving the pain over again by telling the audience her story.
Frozen was done by the underground in Duluth, and their staging area was very small. For this play there was no set and just a small square black stage floor, but many props and as soon as it started the lack of a set wasn’t noticeable. The costumes that were used told the audience that this was modern day, but not where it was based. When looking at the characters it was possible to tell, not knowing what the show is about, that Ralph was most likely not a good guy because he was dressed in a all black and worn down working boots. The doctor was dressed in a fancy shirt, blazer, and dress pants from this it could be assumed that she has somewhere important to go or that she is important.
There were background sounds that went along with the show and it was possible to understand what most of them were and how they related to the show, but there were a few that just sounded like a garble of sounds. The lighting crew was phenomenal, and throughout the show they were on top of everything. When a new character stood up and walked to their spots they had them centered in the middle of the light, and when one character was finished and they wanted to change the focus to another character they beautifully faded out the first character and emerged the second one in light.

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This page contains a single entry by Mark Harvey published on November 8, 2013 9:21 AM.

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