Review: "Mine" Takes Audiences Down the Gopher Hole
Created and performed by Shayna Strype
Presented by Dixon Place via Theatermania.stream
Streaming live April 21-24, 2021 and on demand April 26-May 3, 2021
|Photo courtesy Michelle Tabnick PR|
Strype makes a wry gesture to the show's being livestreamed by replacing the usual request for audience members (here composed of claymation figures) to silence their cell phones with encouragement to close their other browser tabs. Visions, a psychic call-in show of the type that one might find on late-night cable and complete with a satirical commercial break, provides the frame for Mine's meditations on ecosystems both actual and emotional. When one caller says that she feels like a pile of rubble, it's a more literal statement than one might expect, and it leads to us becoming acquainted with, among others, the mountain, hollowed out over centuries for profit and at great human and ecological cost; a groundhog who feels weighed down by both the human castoffs that have overtaken her burrow and the emotional energy with which they are infused; and a wife contemplating the status of the love in her marriage.
|Rehearsal photo. Courtesy Michelle Tabnick PR|
Mine has plenty of humor and surreal images (a mouth as a mineshaft, to take one instance that stands out), along with plenty of visual variety and inventiveness. There is singing, a bit of poetry, a metal detector used as a musical instrument, and a dancing house. A quirky, unconventional hour of theater, Mine sparkles like one of the diamonds whose commodification it critiques.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards