A Stunning “Stockholm” Gets its American Premiere at Stageworks/Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of STOCKHOLM. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Emily Gardner Hall and Jason Babinsky in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of STOCKHOLM. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Theater review by Roseann Cane

In Hinduism, Kali is the Dark Mother, goddess of destruction, death and time. One of religion’s fiercest deities, she is frequently portrayed standing with one foot on top of her husband Shiva, who has thrown himself at her feet to stop a killing rampage.

“Stockholm,” in its American premiere at Stageworks/Hudson, explores one day in the life of Todd (Jason Babinsky) and Kali (Emily Gardiner Hall), a couple who appear to be blessed with deep love, earth-scorching passion and material success. As they prepare to celebrate Todd’s birthday and an upcoming trip to Sweden, they reveal the complexity of their relationship and the frightening grip of their connection. They are hostages to a cycle of eros and annihilation, at turns captors and victims, each craving escape and envelopment. More succinctly, Todd and Kali have Stockholm Syndrome.

Bryony Lavery’s stunning script is fittingly (and ironically) non-linear, weaving spoken word, choreography, sound, and visual effects in a way that transmits Todd and Kali’s imprisonment like a punch in the gut and wends its way into the observer’s psyche.

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