by Paula Citron
Theatre Rusticle’s April 14, 1912 is a work of sheer brilliance that marks the 95th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The beautiful and poignant images that sweep across the stage, created by director Allyson McMackon and her excellent cast, fire the imagination and stay with us long after the curtain has rung down.
The company’s signature is the fusion of movement with text to create original theatre pieces of poetic realism. The physicality provides living subtext where we see the conscious and the subconscious side by side.
McMackon’s focus is the ship’s two Marconi radio officers, Harold Bride (actor Patrick Conner) who survived the catastrophe, and the senior Jack Phillips (actor/dancer Matthew Romantini) who did not. The third character is the ship herself (dancer Lucy Rupert). Together they enact a series of dreamlike sequences that collectively place both the courage and the folly of humankind into stark relief.
April 14, 1912 continues until Sept. 29.
From Harbourfront’s Studio Theatre I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.