I once read that the best student films are in black and white. The muted tones drown out the visual noise and the inevitable mistakes that often accompany a first-time or small-scale production.
The UW’s Undergraduate Theater Society (UTS) isn’t making movies, but it applies this principle anyway. Its productions are in a black box theater. They are intimate, sparse, and emphasize the performances, not the minor details.
The latest production from UTS, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” makes the most of its space, performing theater-in-the-round. Actors enter from four directions and move in a way that ensures each seat a different view. This is the play’s greatest strength, but also its clearest liability.
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