Professional origami folder Iliana is dragged from the depths of depression by amateur origami admirer Andy and troubled student Suresh in Animals Out of Paper, a three-person play that starts strong with an interesting concept and engaging characters, but devolves into an unfocused love triangle by Act II.
As Andy, the bumbling yet adorable high school calculus teacher, Ross Percell not only demonstrates excellent comedic timing but a connection to this character's subtle emotional range. Josh Wright gives a likewise delightful performance as the grief-stricken Suresh, who silently mourns the death of his mother while shouldering the burden of caring for his father.
However, senior theater major Kyrsten Lyster, playing the 30-something Illana, takes an analytical approach to her role that fails to reach the depth of experience and emotional trauma likely available to her much older character.
Jen Alexander does an admirable job of directing the show in three-quarter-round, creating moments that are engaging from all angles, but clunky scenic design creates serious and troubling sight-line issues through much of the second act.
[A+E] Theater + Dance, Written + Spoken Word