Monday, February 2, 2015
Theatre: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Created by Greg Allen
Written, directed and performed by Paige Saliba, Willie Caldwell, Olivia Kingsley, Ryan Good and Mike Puckett
Teatro 2 until February 4
Just quickly, here’s how Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind works (the title, by the way, is of no particular significance). The cast undertake to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, in an order selected by the audience from a “menu” in the programme. Each play ends when a cast member shouts “Curtain!”; the next begins when one of them shouts “Go!”. Each week between two and twelve of the plays are replaced with new pieces devised by the cast during the week.
So it’s not improvisation in the particular sense, but it feels like the best of that unpredictable genre. There are plenty of laughs, some pointed statements, an underlying sense of surrealism, and a beautiful synchronicity amongst the cast and between them and the audience.
Not to be missed.
Link here to the complete review in The West Australian