For starters, the cast was flat out fabulous.
The actors who were not Joan shifted characters (23 in all) wonderfully – with a gesture, a posture, a vocal inflection. By contrast, Andrus Nichols was a stunningly consistent Joan and stunning throughout.
The multi-faceted Eric Tucker also directed the production, whose bare-bones, ingenious staging includes a moveable audience. From the theater’s website:
While we will be using the same seating configuration as you have experienced attending Arabian Nights, at each intermission, patrons in some these seats will move to different parts of the theater. The area where their seats were will become new playing spaces for the actors. The result: An immersive experience that offers different perspectives on the action.
The Missus and I were among the moved, in more ways than one.
You have one more week to see this remarkable production.
Do yourself a favor and do so.
(Tip o’ the pixel to George Bernard Shaw)