Before I begin urging you to go see the Department of Performing Art’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, I must first beg of you not to read a synopsis, plot summary, or any sort or review about the show prior to seeing it. Do not ask for a preface from a friend who has seen it, and do not try to figure out anything about this show beyond the show dates and times (which I provide for you here, so don’t you dare go and open another tab). I, instead, ask you to go into the show completely blind and then stay for the post-show discussion and participate. There are no wrong answers, and it’s eye-opening.
Now that my little disclaimer is out of the way… I went into ‘Far Away’ knowing close to nothing about the production, except that it is 50 minutes long, and that it is put on by the three-person cast of Alexandra Waldon, Addision Williams, and Olivia Duff. So, as far as an audience member goes, I was a blank slate. This turned out to work to my advantage: I watched the ambiguous plot unfurl before my eyes as I gathered clues from the intimate and genuine conversations between these three characters.
You will find yourself intrigued, confused, entertained, and even deeply troubled as the story progresses and this is what I personally think made it so delightfully thought provoking. It will most certainly be a topic of discussion among you and the people you saw it with.
And here is the part where I, again, urge you to stick around the extra 20 minutes after the show for the post show-discussion. Instead of debating your take on the show with your friends who are equally as baffled as you (because you’re all going to be like this), wouldn’t you rather discuss your ideas and thoughts with the show’s director, Jason Loewith, and the three fabulous cast members?
Some of you may be upset by the lack of plot description in this ‘review’ so here you go: a screaming owl, hats, a shed, crocodiles and some more hats. And now the show times! (Note: After seeing today’s show, I volunteered to take part in it next Wednesday! So maybe I’ll even see you there)
Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13 at 8PM
Sunday, October 14th at 2PM
Wednesday-Saturday, October 17-20 at 8PM
Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio
Friday/Saturday Evening: $10 student/$15 faculty, staff, alumni, senior/$18 general admission
All other performances: $8 student/$12 faculty, staff, alumni, senior/$15 general admission