"Terminus" theater review 

Another step on the road toward defining theater as a performing, rather than a literary-based, art, this production by the Bloomington-based Dynamic Presence Project shows great discipline and polish, but feels like a way station rather than a destination. The hour-long piece is a series of vignettes strung together in the form of a movement narrative about a woman's journey from suburbia to a city and back again. Director Adam Noble chooses, for the most part, to make this an exercise in realism, with the emphasis on pedestrian movement. The problem is that truly realistic movement is impossible in the theater; the effort, too often, produces clichés and stereotypes. The large ensemble struggles admirably against this danger, but the tyranny of the realistic approach, coupled with this piece's old-fashioned humanism, keep Terminus from making the leap from the literalness of its everyday conceit. Through May 23; www.dynamicpresenceproject.com.

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