By Leah Checketts
Opening with Jamie (Cameron Eastland) and Frank (Noah Gentry) catching up on old times sets the audience up for a roller coaster ride of emotions as one small question and a lack of memory create a series of events leading to self-awareness and discovery by every member of the cast.
Paige (Rebecca Swan), who is Jamie’s girlfriend, has to evaluate her own choices in order to move forward – or maybe back. Cathy (Stacey Shorthill) and Doug (Spencer Riley Hamilton) are faced with the knowledge that one of their decisions based on their own pride may have set their son, Jamie, up for some bitter realities, while Joelle (Rachel Banner) is left wondering which direction to go with her therapist, Paige. Polly (Liza Shoell) gives Jamie a key to unlock the mysteries even through her dementia.
There is both adult language and content throughout the production, meant to make the audience think and to point out some of the harshness we live with daily, so it is not recommended for small children.
If you are not familiar with the black box, the space invites open expression for any production. It is, literally, a black box of a room which creates an intimate space for exploration.
The Great God Pan is an unsettling production, which is well executed by the cast and well-showcased in the music and set. It is playing through Saturday, February 10 in the Black Box Theater at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. I would highly recommend visiting that space with an open mind and prepared for an evening adventure.
Utah State University Caine College of the Arts presents The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog
Black Box Studio Theatre, 600 North 1150 East, Logan, UT 84341
February 2, 3, 7 – 10, 2018 7:30 PM
Tickets: Adult (Ages 18+) $13, Senior (Ages 60+) $10, Youth (Ages 6 to 17) $10, USU Faculty and Staff $8, USU Student FREE!
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