Treasure Island's Too Calm Seas
Theres a bountiful array of artistic riches to be found in the Irondale Centers Treasure Island, including Tom Hewitts witty, carefully layered portrayal of wily Long John Silver. In addition, Noah E. Galvin gives a sweetly unassuming turn as plucky Jim Hawkins, the boy who goes on the adventure of a lifetime after he comes into possession of a map pointing toward a pirates trove of hidden booty.
Jims journey between shore and sea is made palpable thanks not only to a quartet of roughly planked rolling platforms from scenic designer Tony Straiges, but also Stewart Wagners atmospheric lighting and Will Pickenss evocative soundscape. And co-adaptor /director B.H. Barry has devised some invigorating fight choreography.
Alas, all these theatrical assets are often submerged, like Davy Joness locker, by a play that brings Robert Louis Stevensons classic to the stage without any sustained dramatic tension. Further, Barrys use of sea shanties to punctuate scenesand extended sequences depicting the business of maneuvering a shipstalls whats already a problematic script. The show, which could thrill as swashbuckling adventure or touch with its tale of Silver and Jims unlikely friendship, is merely a frustrating, tempest-tossed venture.
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