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“Down the Hall” - thru 11/1 (review)

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“Down the Hall” - thru 11/1 (review)

Theatre Institute at Sage

Sage Colleges

65 1st St, Troy, NY 12180

 

An Evening of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Lindt

 

'Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back. '
Before there were pumpkins, there was Poe. With Halloween almost upon us, Sage Theatre continues to rattle the world of excellence with its newest work, “Down the Hall”. Fringe theater is great. Fringe theater from a dynamic college will leave you breathless. Yes, “Down the Hall” is so ghoulishly delightful, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand on end. It is deep, moving, and dastardly delightful. You may have heard of 'I Dream of Genie', but this Genie will give you nightmares. No one jumps out of you and there are no fake chainsaws. Your fear comes from within, and that is the worst kind of all.
You are taken into the Sage Asylum for this show, and escorted by groups of ten into various rooms. The setting lets your mind do the tricks for you, complete with squeaky Christmas music playing from an old relic of a record player, and patients lining the hallway. You are introduced through a series of playlets to the writings and torment of Sylvia Plath, Poe, Dahl and Lovecraft. You are the doctor, walking from room to room, listening to a briefing on a series of psychiatric patients.
You will meet Genie the Feral Child, the girl who spent her existence strapped to a potti chair for 14 years before being discovered in what was to become one of the worst cases of child abuse in the annals of history. Genie, still alive today, and a ward of the State of California, was never spoken to, so the part of her brain to speak never developed. Her portrayal by Kaleigh Cerqua was brilliant and convincing, frighteningly so, as you helplessly witnessed her torment by her tormentors. You will also meet a murderer, a World War I vet, and our group ended with "Scarborough Fair". All were delightful. 'Scarborough Fair' was numbingly creative with its own versions of our favorite childhood songs.
Do not underestimate the talent needed to pull this show off. The performers are but feet from the audience, not removed to the safety of a stage. They are focused and professional despite obvious distractions, and we have come to expect nothing less from this group.
Suffice to say, you have never—ever--seen a show like this. It is one hour, it is deeply chilling and reflective, but makes for a dastardly ghoulish evening. There are no pumpkins here, just Poe and your mind, and what can be darker than that?
NOT for children. No, no, no.
--Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com
didyouweekend@gmail.com
 
From their site:

Down The Hall

Down The HallHourly Tours Starting at 8pm and 9pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights
October 16 8pm, 9pm
October 17 8pm, 9pm
October 18 8pm, 9pm
October 23 8pm, 9pm, 10pm
October 24 8pm, 9pm
October 25 8pm, 9pm
October 30 8pm, 9pm
October 31 8pm, 9pm, 10pm
November 1 8pm, 9pm, 10pm

All tickets are $10.00 each

A new immersive theatrical event. Featuring scary thoughts from the minds of: Sylvia Plath | HP Lovecraft | Roald Dahl | Edgar Allan Poe

Recommended for ages 15 and up

 

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Address: 65 1st St, Troy, NY 12180

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