THE SEA VOYAGE (PAC): 2019 Fringe review

sea-voyage-pacWhat do you get when a raging storm at sea throws together Amazon-like women, pillagers, and privateers, a crusty castaway, lust, treasure and live music? Under the direction of Dan Hodge you get one rollicking romp of a play replete with rapier wit, scintillating swordfights, swooning wild women and other sundry surprises! Written by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger circa 1622 with a nod to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this late era Jacobean comedy is set on a no-name island where adventure, reunion, and love intertwine to create a scrappy maritime tale of marauding and romance.

On a bare-bones set beneath the Rotunda roof within the Independence Seaport Museum, with a view of the Delaware River, Linnea Bond as Crocale, Andrew Criss as Tibalt, Cameron DelGrosso as Albert, Nathan Foley as Sebastian, Joel Guerrero as Franville, Stephanie Hodge as Aminta, Eli Lynn as Raimondo, Eric Mills as LaMure, Kimie Muroya as Clarinda, Yajaira Paredes as Rosellia, and Natajia Sconiers as Juletta, bring the show to vivid life through their art and ever present physicality. Innuendo and action on the part of the ensemble achieves meaning that words alone cannot. Particularly exciting is the sword fight towards the end of the show choreographed by fight director Eli Lynn which features clustered fighting and more than swords.

Christopher Waters’s rhythms roll with the action, modulate moods and beat out exact moments throughout the play much like a movie soundtrack, only it’s live music and actually felt throughout the venue.

[The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective in collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard] September 4–20, 2019; fringearts.com/event/the-sea-voyage

Yo-ho-ho – snacks and assorted beverages are available as well as a fun action packed production by the water.

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Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355274/ for additonal information).