One Small Step
By Andrew Andrews
Which brings us to 2018 at the New Ohio Theatre, where Saint Fortune and Gavin Price take us back once again to the Apollo 11 moon landing with One Small Step, an immersive sound and video installation of atmospheric music and interpretive dance. Featuring Price, John Gasper, Natalie Mack, Emily Craver and Emily Pacilio, the piece opens with the first three “astrocousticnauts” working their way forward from the back of the stage, largely obscured by semi-opaque plastic screens that eventually serve as the backdrop for video projections live-streamed from cameras held and positioned by the performers themselves. Accompanied by sometimes-garbled recordings of the Apollo 11 astronauts, literally “garbled” recitals of transcripts from the mission (you’ll get it when you see it) and live music by The Tender Band, the performers take us on a trippy, surreal and increasingly humorous journey not only to the moon, but into the psyches of our three historic heroes. But for my money, the highlight of this show is Jack Frederick’s appearance as the taunting and singing SOMA THE MOON, whose rendition of I’m the Moon will have you not only singing along, but humming reprises on the way home after the hour-long performance has ended.
Check out One Small Step or any of the other seven shows that New Ohio Theatre brings us this summer as part of the 25-year Anniversary Edition of Ice Factory, then come back here and tell us what the highlights were for you. Because as always, your reviews help others decide whether they should attend, and your ratings help us help you discover future performances you’ll be glad you didn’t miss!2
Andrew Andrews attended One Small Step at New Ohio Theatre in New York on Thursday, July 5, 2018 @ 7:00pm to write this review.