Theatre Review: "Holes"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

This play opens with a bang. A kid is standing by a freeway, when suddenly, a pair of athletic shoes drop out of the sky.

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The kid is sentenced to a camp for youth offenders. There, under the hot Texas sun, the inmates dig holes in an old, dry lakebed.

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Turns out, there’s buried treasure somewhere in that dry lake. The story behind that treasure leads this far-flung tale back a hundred years, to a peasant’s pig farm in rural Latvia, where a deal is made with a gypsy.

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Ah, those gypsies – if you don’t keep your end of the deal, you know what happens! Fateful surprises and exotic characters abound in this entertaining show. It’s a field day for the actors, who play multiple roles and are constantly changing costumes, and speaking in different accents. “Holes” is good old fashioned theater magic, and very appealing, whether you’re a 10-year-old or a grandparent.

"Holes" continues at the Foothill Theatre Company in Nevada City through April 8th.