Posted on Jul 21, 2013
4 out of 5
Dream logic is a curious thing. It is unbound by the logic and even physical rules of our universe. Somehow in our dreams concepts float and dance that we simply cannot conceive of in the waking world--at least, not in any legal state of mind. We stumble and grope in our waking-world reality to describe things that seemed so clear in the night, then sigh and make do with pseudo-surrealism and free association. In our dreams, we are all mad geniuses, but it does not translate well.
The Flock, a local clown troupe, take their stab at it with "Swoonie's Dream", currently performing at the Just-Off Broadway Theatre. This reviewer has mentioned previously the metamorphosis of clowning generally from disturbing circus denizen to physical adept, and it is good to see some of our own homegrown talent treading the path. The eponymous Swoonie heads off to bed and the denizens of the dream world sneak one by one into her world, drawing her into one bizarre situation after another. Strange music, fairy princesses, even a mad tea party (of sorts) flow through her mind and we are dragged along for the ride.
The Flock is a relatively new troupe, but they have definite enthusiasm for their craft. It is always interesting to catch groups like this as they are starting off, and to watch them mature as performers. Swoonie's Dream is an interesting bit of work--simple in its aspect and execution, but nonetheless quite enjoyable. Perhaps a little more craft would be in order, but again, this reviewer is certain that will come with time.
Speaking of which, the Flock wanted to make sure it was known that they have sponsored a series of clown/mime workshops this week featuring some of the other performers in town. Classes with Slater Penney and Jeron Hollander of "The Submarine Show", and with Michelle Marie Trester from "To Do:" will be offered throughout the week for both adults and children. Anyone interested in exploring clown and mime skills is encouraged to attend.