His second full-length feature, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, is a hugely ambitious epic combining environmentalism, gender politics and the respective ethics of war and pacifism. And while like so many epics it is ultimately loose and sprawling, it contains all the classic ingredients which have made him the godfather of modern Japanese animation.
But it is not a pedantic treatise meant to induce guilt. Through its humor and honesty it examines prejudice, property value, and protection of principles.
The prejudice on display is not just racial, but also extends to gender, class, disability and sexual identity. The characters are alternately clinging to a past as well as trying to bury it.
If this sounds like heavy stuff, it is. But it is presented in such a way, that it does not seem weighty or oppressive. Though played by the same actors, the characters are different in the two acts.
Neither the playwright nor Cliff Fannin Baker, the director, hit the audience over the head with the connections the second act characters have to the first act or to the Hansberry play.
They let things emerge organically. The people in this play are rarely who they seem to be.
Allegiances shift throughout each act as layers are peeled back on the characters and their motivations. As such, Norris an erstwhile actor himself who once was directed by Baker has provided each actor with moments to shine in both acts.
When given these moments, the actors seized them. In quieter moments, the members of the ensemble exhibited wonderful performances as well without stealing focus from their fellow actors. Shaleah Adkisson is marvelous both as a long-suffering maid and wife in the first act and a neighborhood activist in the second act.
Her voice can drip honey and cut like a knife at the same time.
Katie Cunningham plays an expectant mother in both acts. Shifting from prim to relaxed in the two acts, Cunningham creates two distinct characterizations on stage.
In the second act, she transforms herself into a self-absorbed, calculating professional by use of a different voice, demeanor and posture. His interaction with Hutchison during the opening of the first act captured the dichotomy of comfort and confrontation found in long-married couples.
In the second act he is a bemused, detached attorney trying to facilitate conversation between opposing parties. Though the reactions are different, in both acts his character is pushed to a brink long after other characters have been.
In many ways, he is a barometer for the audience. Lawrence Evans has little stage time in the first act but creates a memorable character as a husband just trying to be helpful. In the second act Evans has more opportunity to shine as a neighborhood resident working to preserve his community, and perhaps understand his wife as much as he is trying to understand some strangers.
While not trying to justify his racist actions, this play fleshes out Karl. He also handles some physical comedy in a manner that is both humorous but also completely in character.
Based on their performances in this play, hopefully Cunningham, Ierardi, Hutchison and Barry will be back in the future. It is obvious that in rehearsal Baker created an atmosphere of trust and collaboration among the acting company. Together he and the actors have mined the play for its much needed humor.
But they did not settle for cheap laughs. The play uses laughter to relieve tension. But it does not shy away from making the audience or the characters onstage uncomfortable.Australian screen, meaning Australian feature film (including documentary) and television, has experienced significant change since the turn of the century.
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