Thursday, May 08, 2008

Aurelia's Oratorio - Seattle Rep

Aurelia's Oratorio
Seattle Repertory Theatre
May 7 - May 11, 2008

Aurélia Thierrée. Photo copyright Richard Haughton, 2008

Aurelia's Oratorio, playing now at the Seattle Rep, stars Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter Aurélia Thierrée, and was directed by Chaplin's daughter, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. A mere description of the show would not do it any kind of justice--it combines circus artistry, acrobatics, dance, slight of hand, puppetry and wild imagery to create an utterly mesmerizing evening. Aurelia and other characters climb out of dresser drawers, swing from red silks, make music with clocks, dance absurd tangos with coats, and a thousand other pieces full of wonder. It is 70 minutes of pure joy, of surreal magic, like watching a vivid dream that captivates you entirely.
The audience on opening night was composed mostly of adults, but the sounds coming from them were like children experiencing theater for the first time--gasps, suprised laughter, cheers, shouts and applause for each of the performers and each new, arresting stage picture or dazzling feat. There are six more chances to see Aurelia's magic over this coming weekend. Make time, and go; you won't be disappointed.

Review by Lia Morgan

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