THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
By WASHINGTON IRVING
as told by H.R. BRITTON
The Red Room, 85 E. 4 St., October 16 – November 21, 2004
Directed by ALISON BRODA
Produced by CHRIS STANGEL
Sound DMITRY TORGOVITSKY
Lights TINA POLZIN
As the seasons change here on the East Coast, what could be more in keeping with custom than a chill in the air and a production of Washington Irving’s THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW? As presented by Overcoat Theater, things get back to basics, with solo performer H.R. Britton acting as storyteller on a setless stage.
In under an hour, Mr. Britton regales the audience with a no-frills but enthusiastic LEGEND. He finds charm and humor in the nuances, but relies on the overall wonder of Irving’s tale to convey the story. With little else than his voice, some very dark lighting, and those famous characters called Ichabod, Katrina, Brom and The Headless Horseman, Britton brings us back to that simpler time when we all (hopefully) were read or told stories. That alone is something special.
Overcoat Theater’s choice to feature a telling of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW is an interesting contrast in a climate of flash, cutting edge technology and eye-candy production values. This back to the basics presentation, helmed by H.R. Britton, reminds us that it all begins with the words on the page, and someone who wants to read them.
- Kessa De Santis -