Saturday, May 08, 2010

Corbian--A Glow in the Dark Adventure


‘CORBAN, A GLOW IN THE DARK ADVENTURE’ was presented as part of Playhouse Square’s International Children’s Festival. Corban is an hour of fantasy. It is a play without words in which 30 different characters are enacted by five live actors who are dressed in black clothing on which high-tech electroluminescent paint has been adhered. The results are glow-in-the-dark crayon-like creatures who perform on a lightless stage. Dinosaurs, flowers, frogs, turtles, and a human all invade the world of fantasy.

I took Ian, the youngest of the “kid reviewers,” and a friend of his to see the show on order to get a kid’s view of the goings on. The boys, both 10, gave the show an 8 out of 10 for audience interest, creativity and “fun.” Their favorite part, of course, was “the fight between the bad red dinosaur and the good white creature, complete with luminous swords. When asked what the story was about, they both admitted not knowing. But, to be truthful, based on my conversation with a woman sitting behind me, neither did the adults. It mattered little. The kids all seemed to love the goings on, even the 4 and 6 year olds sitting behind me who yelled directions and responses at the characters as the show progressed.