(Michael Roderick's article appeared on Broadwayworld.com, 12/4.)
BWW Special Feature: 99 and Under the Radar, A Look at Indie Theatre's Movers and Shakers
Welcome to 99 AND UNDER THE RADAR: A LOOK AT INDIE THEATER'S MOVERS AND SHAKERS, BroadwayWorld's new weekly series that showcases standout productions and production companies from the independent theater scene in New York City. Each week, independent producer Michael Roderick will be discussing the latest goings on in the theatrical wings, highlighting those with potentially bright futures.
This Week's Topic: New Company gets "Active"
Often new Independent Theatre companies take some time to create a product that is worth talking about. The company middles about for a year or two, producing shows that are pretty good, and then they produce something that really gets people's attention. In very rare cases a company has a premier show that is worth talking about and its mark is left on the industry.
The Active Theater Company's current production of Two Rooms by Lee Blessing might as well be a branding iron. The company's mission reads: "The Active Theatre Company consists of a group of artists dedicated to the work, both new and old, that moves us. Moves us to think and rethink, to laugh, to love, to cry, to question. Moves us to anger. Moves us to action. Moves us to feel more than we are comfortable feeling. " The group has certainly taken on that sentiment with this production. Two Rooms, about a woman whose husband is held hostage by a terrorist group, had the audience laughing, gasping, and gritting their teeth. In addition to being emotionally gripping, this show was also very wellproduced.
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