One Great "Body"
The ninety minutes of "A Body of Water," currently on stage at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, are some of the most fascinating and enriching minutes of theater I've seen in ages. In its understated way, the show provokes probing questions about human nature. During intermission and following the performance, audiences were twittering.
The show flings the audience headfirst into the confusion that plagues a man and woman, Moss and Avis, played by Jerry Whiddon and Nancy Robinette. The two awaken one morning to find themselves in a hill-top home surrounded by water. They have no idea who they are, where they are or what they are doing in the house. The sparsely decorated wooden stage is elevated and isolated like an island with two catwalk-style ramps on either side, and its surrounding black walls with blue-tinged wrap-around windows lend a fishbowl quality to the set.
Moss and Avis are assisted in trying to piece together their identities through several visits from Wren, played by Kate Eastwood Norris. Each time Wren visits, she shares a different piece of information that dramatically changes their perception of who they are and why they have no memories. Audience members are drawn in alongside the three actors to experience the exuberance of new discoveries and the struggles of finding painful memories.
Norris, one of my favorite local actresses, was last seen in "Boston Marriage." I expected her to be the stand-out, but Whiddon, who used to be the producing artistic director for Round House, and Robinette, who left the wildly popular "Frozen" at Studio Theatre to join this cast, were equally enthralling.
I would strongly recommend "A Body of Water" for any theater-goer, but particularly for those looking for a date recommendation. It's sure to spark conversation and give you insight into your date through his or her reaction. Plus, it's within walking distance of Ceviche, A Taste of Morocco and several other great local restaurants.
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