note: entire contents copyright 2005 by Carl A. Rossi
Leah James Abel
Imago Theatre’s performance piece FROGZ: A THEATRICAL MENAGERIE over at A.R.T.’s spanking-new Zero Arrow Theatre is delightful entertainment for all ages. Hiding inside ingenious costumes, an agile, acrobatic quintet morph themselves into various creatures and shapes such as concertinas wheezing about the stage like Slinkys, a kitten trying to find its way out of a paper bag and, most sublime of all, five solemn penguins playing musical chairs. Part dance, part mime and dialogue-free, FROGZ is neither deep nor profound but resonates with whimsical images that will leave you shaking your head over how the human body can be made to seem otherwise (here is a troupe who could do wonders with Mr. Kafka’s THE METAMORPHOSIS). On the evening I attended, the packed house was filled with young children; aside from one child who began to moan when a red-eyed alligator slithered in its direction, the Zero Arrow’s intimate space rang with their happy squeals throughout --- that’s a thumbs-up in any language.