by branden jacobs-jenkins. west coast premiere. premiered: berkeley rep, ca. june 2017. directed by eric ting. sets: arnulfo maldonado. costumes: montana blanco. lights: jiyoung chang. sound: jake rodriguez. photography: kevin berne, arnulfo maldonado.
"Even the sets, designed dynamically by Arnulfo Maldonado, seem to transition from satirical to dynamic, and embody the “play” in “playhouse.” Within the rather small space of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, stages fall from the sky and sets burn to the ground, if only to reveal the final set piece at the end of Act 2: a gorgeous swamp illuminated in blue and lit dimly by fireflies. Only after every other piece of scenery has been destroyed can something truly beautiful be revealed." -- on AN OCTOROON, The Daily Californian.
"...this production is gorgeously designed, with performances that are crisp, thoughtful and charged with enough potential for anarchy to keep things always a little (or a lot) dangerous, it’s how Jacobs-Jenkins tells his story that most dazzles."-- on AN OCTOROON, The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Arnulfo Maldonado’s deceptively complex set features enough whiz-bang trickery to have even the most design-ignorant audience members in awe, and Montana Blanco’s costumes, particularly the gargantuan candy-colored dresses for Dora, are perfect." -- on AN OCTOROON, Theatre Arts Daily.