October 15, 2016
Helen Simoneau Danse
Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
October 14, 2016
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel
The reasons to fall for Austin McCormick’s spectacles of crystal, papier-maché and greasepaint hit you the moment you walk into the hall of the Irondale Theatre. Inside a dilapidated church gymnasium, he had installed draperies, prosceniums and massive chandeliers. The juxta-position of glamour plastered on decrepitude was gagworthy – right out of Peter Brook’s and Jean-Jacques Beineix’ playbooks. But you don’t have to love “Paris” for its looks alone.
Jacob Karr and Todd Hanebrink in “Paris.” Photo by Mark Shelby Perry.