4 stars -- Butler University Theatre, Lilly Hall, April 14-18

Directed by Bernardo Rey

I'm not sure who is luckier, visiting artist-in-resident Bernardo Rey, for being able to work with such disciplined college talent, or the students, for the chance to work with this formidable Colombian-born artist. Early nineteenth century German writer Georg Buchner gets the credit for ahead-of-his-time poetic dialogue and working class characters. However, what's most affecting about this production of his unfinished play is the poetry of performance, a fascinating and complete integration of movement, music (student Scott Comanzo), costume design (faculty Wendy Meaden), lighting (student Jeff Irlbeck), and the set and masks created by students in Rey's classes. It's an odd joy to walk into Butler's black box, transformed into a mental institution. The audience must maneuver in on either side of a rectangular room and watch the play through barred windows. The former soldier Woyzeck is now a patient who seems to get paid for being insane, perhaps a commentary on his war work. The action in and out of the asylum is performed within the same grimy locale, which makes his life one disturbing nightmare. The characters are defined by their grotesque masks, wigs, body ticks, and purposely strained voices. They interact one on one, as if in traditional theater, then shout or sing in unison, as if in a macabre musical. Whether in solo or in chorus, the players always feel united in task, scuttling like bugs across the stage. Like an army—and perhaps that is the point--they are admirably, eerily synchronized. 940-9659; www.butler.edu/theatre


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