Spotlight Players, Dreyling Stage; directed by Mac Bellner. Rising playwright Rajiv Joseph (current Pulitzer Prize nominee for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" has been lauded for his “liberated stage vocabulary,” but
out of Paper
would translate easily to film.
story of a young origami prodigy (strong performance from college
actor Nick Heskett) and his mentor (Kristi Wilkinson Gross) is fairly
traditional in terms of plot, dialogue, form and structure. Two huge
and hugely troubled intellects come together, clash and ultimately
add to each other’s lives.
makes the play worthwhile is actually the quirky math teacher who
brings the professional paper folder and white teen rapper together.
With lovable literalness, Andrew (the enjoyable James Gross) has been
counting his blessings since the age of 12, logging thousands of
small life events in his pocket diary, often turning misfortunes
(broken elbows, lost girlfriends) into good fortune.
inner timing is delightfully out of sync with the rest of the world,
whether he’s ringing a doorbell or courting a woman. Unlike the
paper-folding geniuses who follow intricate steps and inspired
improvisations to create complicated paper animals and boxes, Andrew
hasn’t a clue as to what will happen next. There is just enough
pointed humor in Animals
dark ambivalence about the way it ends — who helped who and who
hurt who — to make me seek out Rajiv Joseph again, as well as
the Beech Grove community theater that introduced us. Through Feb. 6