Mercurial Performances Grace “Bright Half Life” at Pillsbury House

By John Townsend February 9, 2016

Categories: Arts & Culture, Featured - Home Page, Our Scene

(L) Jasmine Hughes-Vicky, Sarah Agnew-Erica Photo by Bruce Silcox.

(L) Jasmine Hughes-Vicky, Sarah Agnew-Erica Photo by Bruce Silcox.

Jasmine Hughes and Sarah Agnew embody romance and longevity in a lesbian relationship in Bright Half Life at Pillsbury House Theatre. Tanya Barfield’s play spans the years 1985 to 2031. The actresses have created a symbiotic bond as they seamlessly flow back and forth between different points on the timeline. Hughes and Agnew flicker with mercurial vibrancy, evoking the myriad of emotions and states of mind that a long relationship naturally would. Barfield doesn’t hone in on deep-seated relationship issues but she certainly dazzles with her dramatic style.

Bright Half Life also gains from its technical elements. Wu Chen Khoo’s lighting matches the very numerous transitions masterfully. Katherine Horowitz’s sound design resonates the epic sweep of the story. Joseph Stanley’s set is elegantly spare. Overall, it’s a nicely nuanced production directed by Ellen Fenster.

Bright Half Life
Through Feb. 21
Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
612-825-0459
www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org

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