The Diviners (review)

The Diviners (review)
The Diviners (review)
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THE PLAY: A small Depression-era town depends on a mentally-challenged teen to help them find water. When a wandering preacher shows up, the play’s title takes on new meanings.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This cast ably handles the down-to-earth townsfolk with natural ease. In the central relationship, Stone Casey’s commendable performance brings a sweet innocence to his character, while Arik Cullen’s assured presence creates the glue that holds the production and the story together. The script is pretty serious, but manages a few moments of humor, thanks primarily to the goofy duo of Chris Craig and Patrick Siegmund. Zack Owen’s direction is able, but not dramatically dynamic. It’s refreshing to see someone take a new angle (literally) with the floor plan. Owen has staged the show on a raked platform on the floor with the audience on 3 sides, including the traditional stage. Too bad he and co-designer Ellie Wilder didn’t opt to do more with the design. The ochre earthen dappling isn’t especially attractive. Also, there are some scenes where the action is obscured from certain angles (recommend the center for best views). Bill Miller has created some lovely lighting moments, especially in the climax. Nicholas Ray Creery’s subtle but effective sound effects add another layer to the minimal surroundings. Running time: 2:05

 

THE POINT: The play’s simplistic narrative is enhanced by a cast full of genuine performances.

 

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

At CAT Theatre thru 2/17

 

Patrick Siegmund, Chris Craig & Charles Wax look on as Buddy (Stone Casey) searches for water. (Photos by Daryll-Morgan)

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