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LOST VOICES, Review: ‘Lost Voices’ Confronts the Rising Tide of Climate Change

The most eloquent aspect of “Lost Voices” is Edward T. Morris’s poetic set. Its white plank floor is mottled with mold, and its landscape bears an ominously high tidemark. Water has surged through here, we see, and it will probably come again.


ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Review: Innocuous Remarks Double as Cutting Commentary in ‘Abigail’s Party’

Edward T. Morris’s set and Kristin Isola’s costumes evoke the tacky era without mocking it.

Though the script is candy for actors, at its core, “Abigail’s Party,” a production of the Barrow Group and the Pond Theater Company, is merely a tale of a gathering gone wrong. Yet while you may have seen much of this before, this one’s still a must-see.


THE PIRATE LA DEE DA, Review: ‘The Pirate La Dee Da,’ a Tale of a Runaway Princess

One funny bit depends on a child randomly selected from the audience; others involve shadow puppetry and a gargantuan sea monster (both cleverly designed by Edward T. Morris). And while some may object to La Dee Da’s suddenly falling in love, no one could call her choice expected.


THE PAVILION Review: ‘The Pavilion,’ a Class Reunion Drama, at Barrow Group Theater

But Mr. Wright sprinkles a little magic on this elegantly worn wooden lakeside pavilion (the set is by Edward T. Morris), largely through his all-knowing Narrator, played with incantatory grace by Seth Barrish.


STONES IN HIS POCKETS, Giving New Meaning to the Term ‘Character Actors’

The giant screen is the first hint. It is multiplex-size, slightly tilted, spanning most of the upstage wall at the Yale Repertory Theater, showing a rich blue Irish sky at first. Then there is the AstroTurf-like floor, rising to create a little hill, representing the greenness of the Emerald Isle. There are a couple of big klieg lights and a towering movie-set crane.

Marie Jones’s “Stones in His Pockets” can be produced with little more than a bare stage and a few hat changes, and it has been, in one regional theater after another. But clearly Yale Rep’s satisfying new staging is going for a bit more.

Edward T. Morris did the impressive scenic and projection design. Yale began offering projection design as a degree program only two and a half years ago, and sure enough, this “Stones in His Pockets” includes a hysterically funny video, positioned as the daily rushes that Charlie and Jake are watching. Mr. Morton appears in full Victorian drag as Caroline, playing her aristocratic film character Maeve; Mr. Arsenault plays her male co-star playing her peasant lover, Rory; numerous cows appear, the same ones criticized earlier by a production executive for being “not Irish enough”; and a horse proves amusingly bothersome.