Review: Kitt and Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future
Every once in a while I see a show that makes my jaw drop. Not because it is too beautiful, or artistic, but because it makes me excited about theatre and what it has to offer us. Kitt and Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future, presented by SNAFU Theatre, did just that for me. It was so perfectly put together and incorporated so many amazing elements while telling a simple yet beautiful story.
Told from the perspective of two 14 year olds name Kitt and Lucas (aka Jane), we the audience are in their school assembly which they have hijacked in order to tell us about how the salmon are disappearing and the apocalypse is coming before their imminent death. It is light and laugh your butt off funny while leading to a much deeper story than one might initially think. I was most impressed by the many theatrical elements that were incorporated into the show. I usually find that when so many techniques are used, either the story gets lost and the show becomes too busy, or they just seem extremely out of place. Despite using flashlights as shadow lights, a shadow screen, live music, recorded voices, live tweeting, and live video recordings, everything fit perfectly and complemented the story. Nothing was a hindrance to the action, and it was all done in an almost sweet and innocent way that complemented the characters wonderfully.
The performances by Ingrid Hansen as Kitt and Rod Peter Jr. as Jane are flawless. I’m not one to use that word in reviews, but even after time to think about it, that word is still fitting. Their chemistry on stage is fantastic, and the two characters are a perfect, mismatched pair- like PB&J. Where Kitt is quirky and loud, Jane is shy and awkward, yet each are hilarious in their own way. Kitt is more likely to say something ridiculous, yet Jane will look at you sideways and have you crying with laughter.
I loved everything about this show. It will be a while before I forget it, and I have a feeling I will be comparing all other Fringe shows to this one from now on.
Kitt and Jane: an Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future
Presented by SNAFU Dance Theatre
Venue 3 Academic Hall
Show times here