In Toto, The Hair of the Dog

Review in Issue 14-2 | Summer 2002

What's going on? A piece of total theatre with a story and a script? Surely not. But yes, Kristian Steffes' story of an abandoned boy/man who is passed from individual to individual, gaining insight into the nature of the universe as he goes, was thoughtful and entertaining. And his script was ably served by director Lou Cope's intelligent production, which used live action, projection, shadow puppetry and a fantastic filmic score. Good performances from the whole cast helped too; Sandy Grierson was especially believable as the protagonist.

And then there was the two-level set. Huge and like a split-screen TV – frustratingly, it was inspirational yet slightly clunky at the same time. The downstairs section, serving mainly as a basement, was suitably dark and snail-filled. The upper section was used as a jungle and a woman's flat, when the story went a bit Martin Guerre. And a two-part screen was wound up and down for projections – though it never quite joined.

In fact, the story and the telling of it were so good that the extravagant set seemed almost unnecessary. A beautiful and memorable production.

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Date Seen
  1. May 2002

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Issue 14-2
p. 24