BRIGHT HALF LIFE, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield, and directed by Leigh Silverman, and presented by Women’s Project Theater (Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty) is having a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25.
Erica (Rebecca Henderson of Appropriate Behavior) and Vicky (Rachael Holmes of Ruined) romance and battle through a kaleidoscopic lifetime of their relationship. But here and there, the plot’s jumpiness, although breathtaking, caused the loss of some of the emotional breadth. Not only do the scenes jump, but the characters, too—on a bed in a department store, skydiving out of a plane. The rapid-fire shifts are brilliantly done and when they hold onto the bar of a Ferris wheel, we imagine the whole carriage around them. Minimalist props with maximum effect. Kudus to set designer Rachel Hauck (This Wide Night), Costume Designer Emily Rebholz (If/Then), Lighting Designer Jen Schriever (The Other Josh Cohen) and Sound Designer Bart Fasbender (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
BRIGHT HALF LIFE continues WP Theater’s mission as the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of theater artists who identify as women.