Review from Donald Munro Fresno Bee
One of Donald Munro's top cultural events for 2016
Choreographed and Directed
by Ruth Griffin 2016
Passion Play’ swirls with motion and meaning
Griffin embraces the play’s Magical Realism with perceptive choreography and stylized movements that never seem superfluous or ostentatious.
I close my eyes and can still see the moment: A clump of bodies on stage becomes the swirl and pounding of a dangerous ocean. One fragile human is carried along the hoisted shoulders of ensemble cast members in a forward, wave-like motion that feels violent yet somehow also gently all-encompassing, as if the sea is reluctant to open its deadly embrace.This is the magic of theater: taking us to a place in which the literal is reconfigured, where we observe a moment not just as bystanders but as co-conspirators in a carefully crafted world.