Saturday, March 19, 2005

Students at Holy Cross High School performed Joseph Heller's Catch 22 with maturity and grace . . . the humour was mindfully understated as demanded by this morally serious and dark comic masterpiece . . . characterizations of Yossarian and his many antagonists varied from sketchy & scurrile to bold & broad . . . impressive pacing . . . actors flowed across the stage effortlessly creating an epic feel to the many vignettes . . .

Heller would have approved . . . although individual performances shone it was the ensemble which took us to the horrible bitter confusion which embraces the body of a war run by lunatics and shysters . . . the concluding feverish nightmare infected us with the themes of greed, guilt, fear and paranoia like an absurd virus . . . the grey crumbling walls depicted the bleak background perfectly . . . perhaps a little more attention to the minimal props could have deepened the satire . . . projection and technical precision develop with experience & the young artists need time - both rehearsal and performance opportunities to sharpen their skills . . .

last years Tom Stoppard The Real Inspector Hound proved to be a fertile exercise into the skewed humour needed for Catch 22 . . . the director/educator Blaine Hart must be commended for his choice of material and guidance . . . word, words, words need to be translated into action . . . actors study action and it was a joy to see the catch of the extraordinary grotesque Catch 22 become physicalized . . . thanks & continue your subversive non sequitur journey . . .