Uniquely human

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 3, 2009

Further helping bring us to the dancers' side of the proscenium are the simple but elegant lighting (by Richard Latta) and set, which provide both expressionist and impressionist renderings of the dancers' experience. Purple spots come up on dancers as they wait to be called on, and we enter their anxious thoughts about what they'll say. Behind them, a row of rotating triangular columns ("periaktoi" is their technical term) alternates the background, usually between black and — most stimulatingly — a row of studio mirrors. The mirrors amplify the dancers' exertions, and also give us the empathetic and seductive sensation of footlights shining in our own eyes.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at mgrumbling@hotmail.com. 

A CHORUS LINE | conception and original choreography and direction by Michael Bennett | Directed and choreographed by Luis Villabon | Musical direction by Don Hite | Presented by the Ogunquit Playhouse, in Ogunquit | through June 13 | 207.646.5511

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