Review by Peter Foldy
“ANY NIGHT” by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn is a play that takes us to a surreal and voyeuristic world where troubled souls, twisted minds and nightmares collide.
A young dancer, Anna, (Maria Fahlgren) moves into a basement apartment after a bad breakup. Anna has a chronic sleepwalking problem. Her caring upstairs neighbor, Patrick (Zac Thomas) a shy, nerdy handyman and jack-of all trades, is determined to make her stay safe and comfortable. The question is can Anna trust him–and can she trust herself as her nocturnal hallucinations refuse to go away?
Patrick understands her. He always manages to be there for her. As their friendship turns to romance it doesn’t take long to figure out that this needy relationship has a limited shelf life that come with consequences.
Ably directed by Elizabeth V. Newman, “Any Night” bounces between fractured reality and carnal intent. There is hardly a dull moment. Like in a horror film, the play lets you know early on that something bad is going to happen, and as you wait for it, the tension becomes electric.
Ms. Fahlgren and Mr. Thomas give powerful performances, both as engaging actors and as agile dancers, delivering impressive and complicated moves choreographed by Erica Giondfriddo.
Great use of music, a clever set design by Vanessa Montano, and well thought out lighting and sound from Chris Conard also help wratch up the tension.
With only two more performances left in it’s Los Angeles run, “Any Night” is a psychological thriller that is well worth checking out.
Where: Sacred Fools Theater Company, 1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA 90038
When: Saturday (July 29) at 8:00 p.m. Sunday (July 30) at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30.00 for General Admission, $25.00 each Seniors and Students.
To purchase call 512-496-5208, or email email@example.com.
To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.anynightaustin.com
Cast Photos by: Joshua Scott