By Luke Edward
Publisher’s note — This is our second review of this play, both Luke and I attended the production.
Spotlight center — a Man atop a stone, gun in hand, as music reminiscent of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odessey plays about. It is a gloomy beginning, creating a mystique about the stage which does not rise; we are entranced, seduced by a theatrical display worthy of high compliments. John (Scott Graham) is a “virgin” screenwriter, lost in his first major effort, torn from both wife and child. Driven to an almost insomniac state by his work, he begins to hallucinate an amoral character of his own creation. What results is a both tragic and hysterical show, meshing visual media with brilliantly painted lighting and a scarce stage aptly appropriate for Ami Dayan’s intelligent work.
Upshot is host to impressive performances, most notably Jason Lott’s Man, John’s written character who finds himself the last human being on the planet. Humorous dialogue and a plot of infinite wit leave Upshot a guaranteed Helen Hayes Award nominee. It emerges upon the stage as a sort of elastic one act, stretched to two hours yet concise enough in plot and portrayal to hold attention. Upshot is entertainment as it should be, and Forum Theatre and Dance’s production is more than worth a visit.
September 23-October 16, 2005 Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. Church Street Theater at 1742 Church Street, NW, Washington, D.C. TICKETS: Tickets for Friday and Saturday evenings are $18 for general admission; $15 for student/senior patrons. Tickets for Thursday evening, Saturday and Sunday matinee shows are $15 for general admission; $12 for student/senior patrons. Group discounts available. Tickets are available at www.forumtheatredance.org, by calling 202-518-9516 and the door.www.forumtheatredance.org