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posted Friday, April 6, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 14
Macha Theatre Works' Smoke & Dust is a must-see
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Macha Theatre Works' Smoke & Dust is a must-see

by Paul Torres - SGN Contributing Writer

SMOKE & DUST
MACHA THEATRE WORKS
(AT THEATRE OFF JACKSON)
Through April 14


There are two parallel stories in Macha Theatre Works' world premiere production of Smoke & Dust. In one story, a small theatre company is putting on a play set in 17th century Italy about a talented young composer and opera singer, Barbara, (portrayed by a brilliant Bianca Raso) who is trapped in her lower-class life but has dreams of using her talents to make her own way in life despite the repression of the men in her life and her 'given-up-on-life' mother. In the other story, in the real world of 2018, the actress, Liv, who plays Barbara in the small theatre company production (also, of course, Bianco Raso), is an independent woman in a relationship with the play's director, and has a troubled sister whose high school diary vlog (she is being cyberbullied) is being closely followed by her colleagues as if it were a hit reality show.

The intimacy of Theatre Off Jackson is perfect for this play about two worlds; one set in the days of female subjugation and one in our modern era with a subplot snipped from the social media blogs. The scenes being rehearsed for the Italian play being produced by the small theatre company (and then actually played out with period sets and costumes in the second act) seem as true and visceral as the story told in the off-set drama.

Playwright Joy McCullough-Carranza's writing here is intimate and intricate. Director Amy Poisson finds a fine balance between this story's world of fiction and modern life. There's a connection when a distraught Barbara realizes that her only choices in life are the convent or being a courtesan in 17th century Italy and then Liv dealing with her lover and being protective of her young sister. Eventually these two worlds do hilariously collide in a humorous twist. This duality rings true with the many worlds women must inhabit today.

Raso treats us to her exquisite operatic voice in this play. These musical moments serve as a testament to her characters' (Barbara's and Liv's) determination to break through their societies' barriers. The other women in the cast are Caitlin Frances as Maggie/Isabella, Shelby Wisdom as Rachel/Cosima, and Belle Pugh as Piper (the young teen). McCullough-Carranza's writing weaves literary thread between the past and present realities as quickly as a needle sewing a multi-colored quilt. The elaborate details of the intertwining storylines are well told and are best seen live on the stage, and in this case, the stage within the stage.

The roles of the men are not in the spotlight in this play. James Lyle (Josh/Giovanni Vidman), Peter Cook (Doug/Giulio), and Michael Blackwood (Marco/Pietro/Nicolo) are perfect team players in telling this story that puts women's stories at the forefront. Although their respective talents do offer a lot for this story, I believe McCullough-Carranza's purposeful positioning of them with diminished presences truly gives Smoke & Dust some deeper meaning in these times of women empowerment. Smoke & Dust is a feminist statement. I have also reviewed a play called Crowns this week about how the hats African American women wear make a statement about history, today, and the future. In this play, at this production, it would be so appropriate to put on the pink pussy hat, an 'Unqualified Lesbian' pin, and #timesup when you check in to see the play. And you must check-in to see Smoke & Dust.

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