An hour, seven actors and a blank stage with minimal lighting. Welcome to “Red Resurrected” by Transatlantic Love Affair at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. The theater is very intimate, especially since they sectioned off many of the seats in order to give the audience a more “close up” feel.
“Red Resurrected” is somewhat of a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. The story takes place in the Appalachian mountains and tells of a girl who wanders into the woods away from her community. She discovers good and bad in both places and must decide what is “home” for her.
The small cast was on stage the entire show. Not only did they act, they created all of the sounds, sang and portrayed animals. It was a beautiful depiction of storytelling. The audience absolutely loved it. They chuckled, gasped and sometimes even spoke a few words of worry. I enjoyed scenes where the cast created beautiful sounds and allowed us to imagine. For example, two of the characters were skipping stones. Although there were no rocks I imagined the two sitting by a creek. The girl was good and her rocks skipped multiple times. The boy picked the wrong rocks and his were always plunking down. Other times the characters made noises in the woods: birds chirping, timber being cut down, a crackling fire and multiple animals. The audience was given the opportunity to watch a creation take place and I really enjoyed that aspect of the show.
Unfortunately “Red Resurrected” closed this weekend but watch for upcoming shows by Transatlantic Love Affair. Check out their website: