According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Freak Winds

Freak Winds tells the tale of a young insurance salesman, Henry Crumb, who finds himself trapped in a stranger’s house during a freak storm. He then spends the rest of the night being psychologically and physically tormented by the couple living in the home.

It is not very often that a play can actually “scare” someone anymore. Unlike cinema, it is all too easy to remember that everything is staged and that no one will actually die or be hurt while acting. But Freak Winds successfully takes theater to a new level and places you right into Henry Crumb’s poor circumstances. The show definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails as you wonder how this story will play out.

The fantastic cast of just three (Marshall Napier, Tamara Lovatt-Smith, and Damian de Montemas) also compliment each other perfectly on stage. Together they create a fantastical illusion. In order to prevent this dark comedy from being a little too scary, each character must perform their individual, some-what psychotic roles perfectly – and they do just that. Great show, perfect cast…all in all, a show well-worth the bitten-down nails.


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