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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Imagination Meltdown Adventure’ by Lauren Katz

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The statement “Be careful what you wish for” takes on a whole new meaning through Pointless Theatre’s production of Imagination Meltdown Adventure. The play loosely follows Joseph Campbell’s interpretation of the Hero’s Journey through the story of Jack (Zachary Latta). Latta portrays a character whose refusal to leave his youthful world of imagination eventually causes him to lose the love of his life, Amy (Rebecca Ballinger). In an attempt to win her back, Jack makes a deal with an evil being that he quickly regrets as his two worlds of fantasy and reality combine, and everything starts to spiral out of control.

Director Lex Davis successfully draws the audience into a world of imagination through the use of colorful puppets and props. The set consists of nothing more than an empty black stage with a few add-ons such as houses and mountains to distinguish between the reality and fantasy worlds.

Though the color and props are interesting, what truly captivates the audience is the writing. Though simple, the story begs the question “What are you willing to give up in order to get what you most desire?” Jack quickly learns that magic comes with a price, and obtaining what he wants could force him to lose everything in the process.

If you are looking for an escape from reality into a new world of creation, then this is the show for you. Imagination Meltdown Adventure’s ridiculous and over-the-top humor is sure to leave you entertained.

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2 Responses to Capital Fringe Review: ‘Imagination Meltdown Adventure’ by Lauren Katz

  1. EddieH July 20, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    This is a fun and imaginative play. In some ways it reminded me of some of my friends adult children who live at home, still in the fantasy of the hero games they grew up with and the inability to separate their imaginative world from realty.
    They do not know how to grow up and out of it. It so intwined their very existence. Then there is the underlying theme of good and evil thrown in. There are a lot of action scenes that have been choreographed well . The original music and 3 piece band are great as well as the humor.
    I laughed a lot and tapped my foot as well.

  2. uncaptivated July 27, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Do you really think the writing will captivate audiences? This play was clearly created by college theater actors and designers, not writers. Their strengths reside in creating fun visual sequences and catchy if forgettable music. Aside from the narrator and some good one-liners, I found the dialogue to be quite stilted, predictable, and bland. It was, from my perspective, the weakest component, not the most captivating. I’m sure they had fun putting this show together, though, so it’s all good.