Long before the house lights dimmed, everyone in the audience had already been joined in a suffocating and visceral awareness of the suffering imposed on the prisoners of the infamous prison island, which warehoused South African political prisoners in the long decades of apartheid. The bare-bones set, the harsh yellow lighting, the pre-show glimpse into the life of the prisoners, and- most of all - the powerful and nuanced performances of La Shawn Banks and Chike Johnson drew each audience member into the quarry where they toiled and the cell where they rehearsed a liberating performance of Sophocles' Antigone.
Congratulations to first-time APT director Derrick Sanders and to designer Yu Shibagaki, but most of all to APT's new artistic director Brenda DaVita. The Island was a daring addition to this summer's lineup, superbly executed. We can't wait to see what you have in mind for next year.
Contributed by Coleman