Photo: K.M. Cannon I American Repertory Theater.
The World Premiere of this Tempest gets is transition from Las Vegas reality to carny quirk when you walk inside the massive tent next to The Smith Center. Once Prospero (Tom Nelis) hits the desert island dream dust, you see the real visual Las Vegas aesthetic export; crafted spectacle. The come-with us-and-misbehave glitter and debauchery is set aside. Co-directed by Teller and Aaron Posner, this production comes from a partnership between The Smith Center and Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. Shakespeare's tale is balanced with the expected magic, the choreography by Pilobolus’ Matt Kent, and the musical direction by Shaina Taub, who harvests mood from the Rough Magic Band using Tom Waits-Kathleen Brennan music. "The production runs until April 27 before moving to Harvard and then a possible California run before the probable Broadway engagement," Robin Leach writes. More words from local theater scribes.
A “veritable phantasmagoria of delights” oozes Carol Cling (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Call it a “dazzling, raucous and heartfelt triumph” shouts Jacob Coakley (Las Vegas Weekly)
It’s “fantastic and fabulous” says Robin Leach. (Las Vegas Sun)
Steve Bornfeld thinks Teller’s ‘Tempest’ is tepid. (Vegas Seven)
Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from Shakespeare’s play
Magic by Teller
Songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Movement by Pilobolus (Matt Kent, choreographer)
The Smith Center
Through April 27
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.