Theater Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray
Larry Murray: You never know what you are going to discover at the Mixed Company Theatre space in Great Barrington, MA. Since my first trip there with you five years ago, it continues to be a true incubator for playwrights and smaller, hand-crafted theatre companies. The innovative play, DARK An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike is from Timothy Ryan Olson (book), Peter Wise (score) and Sara Katzoff (actress), the people at Bazaar Productions who bring us the Berkshire Fringe Festival, operating here as Kickwheel Ensemble Theater.
Gail M. Burns: DARK premiered during the 2012 Berkshire Fringe (Review), which is where I first saw it, but this was your first encounter with the show.
Larry: With so much of the summer divided between the two of us, I didn’t get to see the original, which means it was all fresh and new to me. DARK hung together quite well, constantly surprising us at several points with its bicycle-driven lighting and seemingly spontaneous singing.
Gail: I found it slightly less suspenseful the second time around, because the basic plot remained much the same, but I had fun looking to spot the changes. The same cast reunites here, with director Adam Sugarman the only new member of the team.