by Paula Citron
“Goblin Market” is one hour of unadulterated theatrical bliss. Actors Maev Beaty and Erin Shields under choreographer/director Allison Cummings have transformed Christina Rossetti’s famous 1859 poem into a brilliant performance art installation that is as whimsical as it is disturbing.
Rossetti called “Goblin Market” a children’s poem, but the adult language resonates with strong religious imagery, graphic eroticism and touches of feminism. For their part, Cummings, Beaty and Shields have included all of Rossetti’s contrary elements into their intriguing and unique dance drama. The metaphor of the two virginal sisters and the dangers of the Goblin fruit is explicitly portrayed.
The actors weave among the audience, sharing the vocal narrative of Rossetti’s poem, moving easily between physicality and text in one seamless flow. Cummings’s outstanding choreography includes both the sweet and the profane.
Beaty and Shields are compelling performers and gorgeous to watch. This production is not to be missed.
Goblin Market continues until Sunday.
From Equity Showcase Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.