THE ILLUSION IS A KNOCKOUT

Thank goodness our girl about town is actually on the town, absorbing culture, while the rest of us are downing drafts at the Old Monk. (Dear Monk, how we love thee.) Friday night Jenny Block went to the Dallas Theater Center to see The Illusion. Here’s her report:

I like to be swept away. That is one of the many reasons why I was so delighted by The Illusion at the DTC on Friday night. The script might have been a debacle in lesser hands. But this cast made it look easy. The language in the play is no shopping day at NorthPark, yet I heard every delightfully–though not overly–enunciated word. And I went with them everywhere they did, from the dark magician’s cave to the arbor in the seemingly endless gardens. This is due in no small part to the set created by Tony Award-winning designer Michael Yeargan, which allows scenes to “fade in” and “fade out” and whose mirrors make a defined space seem like an endless place.

Brienin Bryant, who played the maid, was sheer joy to watch–all enthusiasm and commitment to every choice she made on-stage. In fact, were it not for the consideration of space, I would name every single one of the cast members here. Without exception, they were all marvelous. They brought validity to the Sliding Doors element of the script, and the plot itself makes it nearly impossible to look away from the stage. The show closes on June 25.

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