Half/Black Productions, Indianapolis
Theatre on the Square: Main Stage. Gilgamesh is the world's
oldest known epic, an ancient Sumerian story about a king who tries to bring
his best friend back from the dead. Adapting such a tale is a tricky
proposition. First, there's a question of scale. Epics involve larger-than-life
characters acting in multiple dimensions of time and space. But what's even
tougher is that epics are all exposition, they tend to tell rather than show.
This production deploys some truly marvelous puppets (one of enormous scale)
and costuming, including masks, to great effect, but its storytelling strategy
remains elementary. The result is less epic than folk tale. As such, this makes
a fine Fringe offering for kids.
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.;
Friday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 3
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