“STOMP” Rages On
Reviewed By: Stacey L . Crawley
“Stomp”, the phenomenal sensation created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, is a testament to what can be achieved when working together. Using unconventional “instruments,” and I mean everything, including the kitchen sink; “Stomp” is a heart-pounding journey of human expression, something I believe every audience needs right now. The set, adorned with street signs, garbage bins, pots, pans, and plastic barrels that doubled as drums, looks like an intense piece of art. Waiting eagerly in my seat, I peered out at the eclectic audience of different cultures, races and ages, and could see that they were just as excited for something spectacular.
“Stomp” delivered on several levels. It’s got great expressive comedy that played along with the audience, breaking the fourth wall and giving us all a chance to laugh and release any tension we were harboring from our outside lives. It felt good to be included in their on-stage community and kept the show fresh. The variety of instruments created from paint cans to shopping carts to giant inner tubes, were genius and inspiring. And then of course there’s the cast – a strong collaborating unit that works as one, but with moves and quirks that show who they are and what they’re about, as individuals. Their commitment to putting on the best show possible is apparent, performing with every ounce of energy they’ve got. Whether it’s plastic cups, specks of sawdust or Zippo lighters, they will give you a show to remember.
I highly recommend this unique theater experience and encourage you to sit back, relax, and let the rhythm wash over you.
STOMP now playing at The Broadway Playhouse. A select number of premium tickets are available. For Tickets call the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
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