by paula vogel. regional premiere. premiered: guthrie theater, mn. february 2018. directed by wendy c. goldberg. sets: arnulfo maldonado. costumes: anne kennedy. lights: josh epstein. sound: kate marvin. projections: alex koch. choreography: yehuda hyman. music direction/composition: lisa gutkin. photography: dan norman.
Exceptional Set Design - 2018 MN Theater Award
"Arnulfo Maldonado’s set – the ghostly, skeletal remains of a once elegant, now ruined and empty theater — is itself a major artistic achievement. The lighting, the brown and black period costumes, and the terrific Klezmer music that accompanies the performance all work to evoke this same sense of 'lostness'.It seems misleading, if not a betrayal, to single out any one factor or any one person in a production that feels so integrated and complete." -- on INDECENT, Twin Cities Arts Reader.
"Setting 'Indecent' among the seats of a tumbledown theater of the sort you find on 'lost Broadway theater' websites, also adds a new dimension. It’s as if the actors are ghosts, haunting a neglected theater (maybe the Apollo, where 'Vengeance' had its brief run?) and reliving the play that now belongs to them (and us — if the actors work among the seats of a theater, facing us, that would mean the actual seats of the Guthrie we’re sitting in are their stage, right?)." -- on INDECENT, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"Aside from the seminal script and the talented 'troupe' of actors, the design elements deserve a huge shout out as well. Arnulfo Maldonado’s set is literally breathtaking. The crumbling theatre space is a character unto itself. The worn out and missing seats, the ornate yet broken balcony, the plastic tarps hanging limp and listless, the oculus in the center of the ceiling, create a mysterious space crawling with character and history. After reading the program notes I learned that it’s an interpretation of the abandoned Sattler Theatre space in Buffalo New York, but I couldn’t help likening the oculus to the Pantheon in Rome. That open space lends itself to a feeling of being closer to a higher power and it elevated the whole experience for me."-- on INDECENT, Minnesota Playlist.
"Set on designer Arnulfo Maldonado’s ruined-theater of a set, Wendy C. Goldberg’s direction is fleet and highly theatrical. She splices scenes, spaces and chronology together through what the playwright describes as 'blinks in time,' suggested by little spasms of sound and light. Supported by projections indicating dates and places, it’s an efficient and effective way to move the story along." -- on INDECENT, Twin Cities Pioneer Press.