Footprints is a drama, but it has some great funny moments too. it follows Abby, a WWII soldier, as he reminisces about his life and relationships with a fellow solider, his mother, and his once-fiancee. as he is literally stuck in a minefield with no path forward and only the titular footprints to lead him back to unhappiness, the central metaphor of the show is a bit heavy-handed. although the script at times reads as overdone, the show is definitely worth a watch.
the acting in the show was wonderful, and a large part of what made it great. the talented cast was able to take even the most wooden or overwritten lines and create memorable, multidimensional characters. particularly notable was Taylor Lewis in the lead role of Abby, who brought an intellectual seriousness to the part. also notable was Anne McGladdery in the role of his mother, who, though technically the antagonist, portrayed a strong and sympathetic woman.
writer-director Molly Noonan has done amazing work with this. 4.5 stars.
A review at CVV Magazine: http://goo.gl/upJh5q
Footprints feels like one of the most “polished” plays in the festival this year. Its style is that of a fairly traditional play, although they do make good use of in-character narration (an excellent idea, as it gives context to the snippets of life we see) and have multiple time jumps. From the skillful acting (the roles of Abby and Benny were standouts) to the well-designed set and costumes, this piece seems to have had a lot of work put into it, and it has definitely paid off.
Molly Noonan, who both write and directed the show, has done a good job telling the story of Abby, a boy scared of his feelings for his best friend, Benny. She writes with an authenticity that keeps Footprints from seeming too cliched. Some pieces of script need a bit of revision, and I almost longed for a more definite ending, but without a doubt this show is worth seeing for a touching and skillfully created look at discrimination through the lens of human drama
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