For those of you looking for something to go see this week, allow me to recommend Ashlin Halfnight’s new play, Artifacts of Consequence. I saw it over the weekend, and I encourage everyone to do the same. It’s absolutely terrific. Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been following Ashlin’s work for several years now – and have interviewed him on several occasions – so I admit that I may be biased. Nevertheless, the play features many of Ashlin’s wonderful trademarks: compassion, humor, suspense, big picture thinking, and humanism, to name a few. And, as always with his productions, there are great performances from everyone in the cast, particularly Rebecca Lingafelter, Sara Buffamanti, and Jayd McCarty. The play is a co-production between Ashlin’s company, Electric Pear Productions, and his pals over at Performance Lab 115, and they have spared no expense in bringing its tense, claustrophobic setting (a secret underwater bunker filled with the remnants of post-apocalypse America) to life. Director Kristjan Thor does an impeccable job bringing all of the production’s elements together into a seamless whole. Overall, this is an incredibly well done production, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’ve never seen Ashlin’s work before, this is a great place to start. Definitely one of my favorite’s of his.
Artifacts of Consequence