Our honored Colony Studio
Theatre has done it by brilliantly creating Bradbury’s imaginative fantasy
world on their small 99-seat theatre stage. And if you want to introduce
children to theatre this may be just the way.
Bradbury’s concern that future advances are also liabilities permeates the other plays. In The Veldt a suburban family enjoy the comforts of an electronic home until an atmosphere-and-place induced room becomes a real Africa, with ferocious animals entering their domain.
In To the Chicago Abyss, a city laid waste by an apocalypse has an old man (Beans Morocco) going against the law by reminding the surviving populace about the pleasures that used to be — candy, coffee, record discs and other common pleasures — making them aware of what’s gone.
Some great state-of-the-art
effects amazingly creates what transpires when five astronauts are blown
out of their spaceship and float into space. Those familiar with Bradbury’s
famous The Martian Chronicles will especially enjoy The Third Landing where
astronauts find their present and departed friends and families living
in a fondly remembered hometown only to discover the shocking truth. Praise
to the cast and those who did the sets, projections, special effects, digital
imaging, lights, etc.: Susan Gratch, Douglas Bashaw, Jamie McAllister,
Gary Christensen, Chad Leeper, and others.
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