You have four more chances to see Thinking Cap Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Pool (No Water)! The remaining performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 9pm.
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I’ve seen Pool (No Water) four times now, and I’m looking forward to seeing it again this weekend.
That’s because I’ve appreciated something new about the show each time.
The first time I saw it, I was judgmental about the callousness of the artists. They used someone else’s tragedy to create art, presumably so they could advance their careers. But the second time I saw the play, I was struck by the emotional pain each of the artists endured from tragedies in their own lives. I began to think that maybe the artists were motivated by more than profit. Maybe, alongside their more cynical motivations , they were sincerely trying (and failing) to create meaning out of loss.
These are the kinds of questions the play puts before the audience. For years we’ve been asking, “War, what is it good for?” But now we’re asking the same question about art. If art can’t create coherent meaning out of loss–if art can’t stop a friend from dying, or explain why we die at all, what is it good for?
I’ve been wrapped up in the story of the play from the beginning, but after I took photos at one of the performances, I started thinking about the way the story is told. As I scrolled through the photos, I noticed the changeability of the performance space.
The play isn’t performed on a traditional stage, but in a dance studio. All seven actors are onstage at all times. Without scene changes or intermission the actors use their lines and blocking to change the performance space fluidly into a luxurious estate, a backyard pool, and a hospital room. The lighting design amplifies the switch between the different settings and taps into the different emotions that the characters feel in each space. When I scrolled through photos of the performance, I noticed that the lighting changes were many, but almost imperceptible. The lighting creates the world of the play and makes the transformation of the stage seem effortless (even though it obviously isn’t).
It’s a play that will makes you feel, but will also make you think.
(That’s why we’re called Thinking Cap, after all…)
So come on, dive in, while you still can!
And if you are already saw the show, please feel free to share with us in the comment thread just how the piece spoke to YOU!