by Paula Citron
New York’s Theatre of Emerging American Moment or The TEAM engages in intensely physical theatre as it creates its works from scratch under director Rachel Chavkin. The rapid fire use of props and bodies sets the circus-like atmosphere as themes are stated and then riff off into variations. The show Particularly in the Heartland is a whirlwind.
It is also about the loss of America. Three children – one sexually confused, one ultra religious and one precociously bright – are left orphans in Kansas when a tornado takes their parents, although it could also be Jesus welcoming the parents home. This cataclysm has also caused spirits to walk the earth – a pregnant teenager, a New York money manager and Robert F. Kennedy. The collision of naivety, idealism and pragmatism is inevitable when these six come together.
I found myself warming up to The Team, and was actually moved at the end.
Particularly in the Heartland continues until Sat.
From the Enwave Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.