Walking into the theatre was… confusing. Do I sit in the seats? Well, obviously. But do I seat in the seats of this theatre or of the make shift movie theatre that is facing me? Yes, there are seats to sit in, in order to have other seats facing you. The stage is raked and the set is that of the seating of a movie theatre, as if the audience of the show is the movie that is being watched by the characters that are performing the piece. So, already, Bravo Company One… you definitely have my attention. What’s going to happen? How can a whole entire play just take place in the seats of a movie theatre, because unless Company One got over a million dollars to make this set, there is not way it is going to transform into anything else but the movie theatre seats that I am currently looking at. Okay, moving on…
Being presented one by one to the three characters of the play, you wonder how every scene is going to carry out. They clean the theatre after each show and talk about their lives. They complain, they quarrel, they joke, they play games, they dance, and they live their day-to-day lives in the seats of this run down movie theatre. Sam, who is a veteran of the theatre having worked there for years, yearns everyday for a chance for something more. He sits in the seats of the theatre looking up at two different hopes form the projection box: the idea of being the one who finally gets to make the action happen within the theatre and be the projectionist behind the film, but also he looks to the girl who currently holds a place in that box, a girl, Rose, that he claims to have been in love with from the moment they met.
Each character brings about their own hopes and visions within the piece. Sam’s dream of being the projectionist and finding love and a place in life that he feels has meaning, Rose’s dream of having someone truly care for her for who she is and not just what she can give them, and Avery’s dream of preserving the raw and beautiful imagery of film in Cinema but also breaking out his shell that he has been hiding in for so long.
I appreciate the on going fast paced lives that intertwine between all of the characters. Though their lives might all be different, they all encounter themes of trust, passion, purpose, the constant attempt to be more, the fear of failure, of being used, of experiencing something new, of facing fears, and admitting emotions.
“Annie Baker, one of the freshest and most talented to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight. Her writing is a great blessing to performers. The Flickdraws out nakedly truthful and unadorned acting. This lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness.” – New York Times
I found it to be a wonderful performance, with just the right amount of both humor and solemnity. The relative nature of the show and every audience members ability to see themselves as someone who has dreams and struggles make the performance one that is both modern and appealing to all ages from young adults to experienced theatre patrons. It was another wonderful performance from Company One and I hope it continues.