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Best Imaginary Set

Cloud Tectonics

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Cloud Tectonics
March 9-23, 2007. PURE Theatre.

PURE Theatre has always strived to strip down the artifice of theater with minimal props and sets. But in Cloud Tectonics, a play where lovers lose track of time and space, they constructed an entire (invisible) set by chalking the outlines of walls and furniture on the stage, as actors sometimes do in rehearsals. The audience had to imagine the rest. Amazingly, it worked. With nothing for the eyes to wander to, the actors held our rapt attention for the duration of Jose Rivera's magical realist play. We cared deeply about their relationships and their fates — no set required.

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