Theatre Review: “Stomp” Celebrates Rhythm Through Unique Sources Of Sound

“If you think you’ve seen it before, don’t be fooled as the never-ending rhythm seems to have recreated itself over and over again to provide a unique experience that can only be assessed one phenomenal beat at a time!”


 

Stomp is a joyful, witty and wordless show that has been seen all over the world. An eight-member cast with energy to burn creates beautiful music and sly humor with found objects: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner tubes, matchboxes – and yes, even the kitchen sink.

“Stomp” wasted no time delivering the beats for which it started its humble beginnings twenty years ago in the UK. Making street performance a valid form of art, the stage production, which has updated its material throughout the years, has achieved overwhelming success winning awards for Best Choreography and Unique Theatre Experience. What is so unique about this production is that the performers use various everyday objects to project sound and rhythm. After witnessing the various instruments come to life, I will never again look at shopping carts, plastic bags, trash cans, or even inner tubes the same way. Even more impressive is how the performance artists manage to stay in perfect sync while hoisting, throwing, and even sliding across the stage in pure rhythmic form.

Performing both mentally and physically challenging feats, each artist seemed well-equipped to handle the beats they were given and transfer the rhythm in accordance with the task at hand. Anyone familiar with synchronization will have much appreciation for the Zippo lighter feature which can only be classified as an illuminating and transformational showstopper.

Created and Directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, this newest production of “Stomp” does nothing less than extend the legacy that has already been created by the piece which is currently running four global productions. This unique combination of entertainment provides a visually moving experience for all ages and a unique opportunity for further exploration of the true meaning of sound and rhythm. The entire cast of males and females seemed to vibe off each other’s limitless energy. If you think you’ve seen it before, don’t be fooled as the never-ending rhythm seems to have recreated itself over and over again to provide a unique experience that can only be assessed one phenomenal beat at a time!

Now playing for a one-week limited engagement at the Music Hall at Fair Park February 14 – 19

Tracee Bond

Tracee is a movie critic and interviewer who was born in Long Beach and raised in San Diego, California. As a Human Resource Professional and former Radio Personality, Tracee has parlayed her interviewing skills, interest in media, and crossover appeal into a love for the Arts and a passion for understanding the human condition through oral and written expression. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and considers it a privilege to be complimented for the only skill she has been truly able to master without formal training!

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