Reviewed Saturday February 27th 2010 (continues until February 11th)
Presented by Project 2 & Higher Ground Inc
Venue: Higher Ground – Shimmering West, 9 Light Square, Adelaide
Season: February 26-28 & March 4-7 at 8.30pm
Tickets: $15-$18 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
In an obvious tribute to Jeff Wayne’s timeless musical adaptation of War of the Worlds, Project 2 have attempted to recreate the passion of HG Well’s immortal story The Time Machine.
After three years in the making, the results are mixed, with the six piece band being the real winner. The music is dramatic and is executed with vigour. Despite a few technical glitches on sound, the power of this piece is in the music alone and Project 2 has hit the mark.
Stilted dialogue is interspersed between musical numbers, performed by two actors who tell the story of a scientist who travels to the end of the world for the love of a woman. While the ideas are good, the dialogue needs a lot of rewriting, just as the production as a whole cries out for decent direction. The actors are stiff in both their movement and line delivery. When the band steps forward to interact with them, they too seem lost.
If viewed as a work in progress, The Time Machine has enormous potential and is more than half way there with the quality of the music. As a theatrical piece, it would work better on CD, but with more creativity and a well sharpened blue pencil, it could quickly shape up to be a theatrical event also.
Shimmering West is an outdoor venue at Higher Ground. Dress for the weather.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide Arts Critic.