Friday, August 15, 2008
The Birthday Party (Signal Ensemble Theatre) - 8/15/08
I believe that the Signal Ensemble Theatre is one of the best up-and-coming Off-Loop theater companies in the city. They have a fine core of ensemble actors and their programming to date has fully exercised (but not over-stretched) its capabilities, both from an acting and design standpoint. I found this production of Harold Pinter's seminal "The Birthday Party" (8/15/08) to be their finest production to date. In the past, I've found their work to be strictly "by the books"; however, with this production, these guys have incorporated bold directorial vision to the mix. The result is one of the best Off-Loop shows of the summer.