carried away on the crest of a wave

Playwright David Yee described the play as an anthology. There is no single narrative, but rather a series of vignettes about the disastrous tidal wave that hit Thailand in December 2004. I was glad that I had read the notes before the play. It made it easier to give in to the flow of events and stop looking for a way to tie the scenes together. the play reflects the actual event – it was a series of individual disasters, with no narrative.

I found the play fascinating. The actors were all more than competent ( a recent pet peeve after our winter in Arizona) and the staging was interesting. It must have been a nuisance to spend the evening in water, night after night, but Camellia Koo found a great way to remind the audience about the fact of the water that caused the damage.

Director Nina Lee Aquino gets better with each production. Factory theatre will definitely benefit from her leadership.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to carried away on the crest of a wave

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Despite an interesting concept and staging, this play was unsatisfying for me. Although the vignettes were linked by the Tsunami, the play lacked structure – it just didn’t go anywhere.
    Some of the scenes also needed tightening-up.
    So, interesting – but not ready for prime time.

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