Review: “A Walk in the Woods” is a good one — don’t miss it!

Posted November 16, 2012 at 10:05 am by

Dan & Krista

This is one you don’t want to miss.

Watch­ing Island Stage Left’s fall offer­ing “A Walk in the Woods” pro­vides a flash­back to the Cold War’s con­ver­sa­tions in the arms race (and Sovi­et & US efforts to tone it down).

Lee Bless­ing’s script does­n’t play the his­tor­i­cal card, though.…the rea­son the show won so many awards (and kudos from this island!) is the way it human­izes the folks who had the weighty task of achiev­ing trust, keep­ing a con­ver­sa­tion going, and ulti­mate­ly try­ing to achieve something.

Wow…that sounds like just about any­body keep­ing any rela­tion­ship going, does­n’t it? Dan Mayes & Krista Strutz do the job with a some­times intense, some­times fun­ny, always absorb­ing per­for­mance. The two nego­tia­tors begin their con­nec­tion from scratch, with the objec­tive of talk­ing about arms reduction…and pro­ceed from there.

You know those con­ver­sa­tions — wit, being care­ful to pick just the right words & phras­es, the lit­tle chess game of won­der­ing what effect your words will have sev­en moves lat­er — Dan & Krista hit a great rhythm with a chal­leng­ing but engag­ing & often fun­ny script. Great chem­istry for a two-per­son show.

I believe this show is going to be one you talk about afterwards…I know Josie & I (and our friends who went) had a long vis­it about it.

See it.

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