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Babel – The Theater at the 14t St Y, New York

Writers: WT McRae &Jeremy Williams

Directors: WT McRae &Jeremy Williams

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers

Beginning before it begins, with specific, deliberate, and subtle movement occurring onstage as the audience enters the space, Convergence Theatre Collective’s Babel explores the struggle to overcome boundaries and barriers, to find a common language. It does so entirely in silence.

The stellar ensemble offers a fresh take on the story of the Tower of Babel, utilizing acrobatics, movement theatre, and contemporary dance. The story is linear and specific, compelling to seasoned avant-garde audiences but direct enough for audiences less familiar with nonverbal pieces to follow. Diversity of gender, age, race, and body type is present in casting, and further drives the message that for all our differences, our commonality lies in our humanity.

Costumes by Natalie Loveland are vibrant and allow for complex movement without overshadowing the overall aesthetic. The palate is quietly indicative of what will come, only becoming obvious once necessary, and creating a unified whole on its own. Blending, separating, and coming together bit-by-bit are expressed beautifully in both movement and design.

Every moment of this seventy-five minute piece is utilized to its fullest potential, driving the story without forcing it. The play leaves the audience feeling hopeful and united, which proves timely for the current state of American culture and politics.

Runs until 5 February 2017

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