Theatre Review: "The Story Of Opal"

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(Nevada City, CA)
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The new play at Foothill Theatre is a shimmering exploration of a mystical nature journal. It takes us into the mind of a young person who’s keenly aware of the natural world around her.

(excerpt from play)

It’s a tapestry of words, colors and imaginative action – like stepping into a painting by a French impressionist. The actors portray buzzing bees, tall trees, even brown russet potatoes. There isn’t a conventional plot. Rather, there are recurring themes, arranged almost like music. It’s not all sweetness and light. Death is part of nature, and part of this play.

“The Story of Opal” is an illuminating, unconventional theatrical experience, and like most singular things, it won’t appeal to everyone. But if your interests run toward poetry and nature writing, it’s a show you should see, because it’s a genuinely serene artistic achievement.