When do I grow up?
Written by Eastcheap Rep
Directed by Chris Chaberski
Eastcheap Rep (www.eastcheaprep.blogspot.com)
Midtown International Theatre Festival (www.midtownfestival.org)
Review by Sarah Rulfs
The story of a young woman coming of age in an era marked by
uncertainty and fluidity, Natalie is the arrestingly relevant, sharply
written story of modern-day youth in
Natalie is a solid production, from the realistic
script to the honest acting.
It’s not a surprise that the show feels so real: the actors and the director cannot be a day over 30. Written by the company, it’s clear that their youth pervades the writing and makes it the chronicle of a true experience. Choppy at the beginning, the script morphs into a finely paced piece full of lush dialogue which gives sufficient back-story without becoming boring.
Given that the show is part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the set is simple but effective, with creative pieces like a couch/bed making the space alternately seem like a 20-something’s apartment and a hotel room. The intimacy of the small space mirrors the nakedness of the piece and makes the audience part of Natalie’s struggles. Costumes seem to come straight out of the cast’s closets, but are all the more effective because of it. Just over an hour, the show is equal parts tender and heartbreaking, but ultimately leaves the hope that this generation, like all those which preceded it, will find its way in an increasingly complicated world.
Copyright 2008 by Sarah Rulfs
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