Lucy: A Wandering Soul
Aliza Itskovich (Age 14)
I recently saw Lucy, written by David Coleman and directed by Elizabeth Chant, at the Youth Infringement Festival. A look into an angsty and rebellious mind, this play has both sides of the moon, dark and bright, representing moments in the title character’s life. This play is written as a one-woman show from the point of view of Lucy, played by Julia Bueneman, who is the daughter of none other than the Grimm Reaper. Since her dad is literally death, it is no wonder she has trouble making friends. Lucy is the story of a tortured character who has lived since the dawn of man and had to put up with the constant presence of her father
On the stage there are six stacks of books encircling a short cabinet. There are five frames of various sizes on music stands lining the upstage curtain. Although the stage itself is beautifully decorated, nothing is used at all. The performance lacks synergy between the actor and set pieces: there is a slight interaction at the beginning of the performance with the books, but the rest of the staging is centered around the cabinet.
The costume represents the character well. Her black high-waisted skirt and crop top is appropriate for the daughter of the Grimm Reaper, yet her loose fitting knit cardigan gives her another dimension of personality. Apart from the costume I noticed Lucy has an electronic cigarette. She holds it through the entire piece and it never looks out of place as the actress holds it comfortably and naturally. Although she uses her props with ease there is not much diversity in either the layout of the stage or the staging.
Throughout the show there are really only two positions we see Lucy in: she is either sitting or leaning on the cabinet, or standing in front of it. I didn’t find much variety in the body motions either as it appears very repetitive. Furthermore there seems to be only two clear emotions throughout the piece: either pure anger or sorrow. There was never quite an in between making it difficult to determine the emotional arc of the character.
The lighting in this show is eye catching however. In the beginning Lucy reacts to a harsh spotlight indicating the start of the interaction between the audience and the actor. There is always a form of interaction in this play, for example, Lucy asks questions to the audience that require us to raise our hands. This interaction is really engaging and keeps the audience entertained.
Lucy is certainly a unique show; although I have some mixed emotions about it, the play stirs up your brain and gets you thinking.