The Clocks is quite a sensory experience and full of creativity and imagination. You’ll experience visuals, sounds, actions and activity that are all layered upon each other to tell the story in a way that might leave some folks wondering what the fuck is going on, but for me it was in a good and excited way. I appreciate theatre that pushes limits and comes up with performances that are intriguing to the viewer. And for this and several reasons, I enjoyed The Clocks and applaud the Not A Robot Theatre Company’s vision and efforts and look forward to seeing future productions.
The Clocks is written by Jason Patrick Wells, who also hails as designer and actor, and is directed by Jacy Barber, also designer and actor and masterful puppeteer. Both Jason Wells and Jacy Barber were great at literally playing multiple roles from sound engineer, to puppeteer, both acting and not while changing props and sets but none of it distracting in any sort of way, rather it all fused together as though part of the performance. It was an unexpected surprise to see such display of talent. The use of the pre-recorded soundtrack, projected visuals onto the props and back walls, and props –most of which were made out of cardboard– along with the puppetry revealed artistry and skill that few have.
I did find myself thinking the stage could’ve been higher, maybe on a slightly elevated platform, to help the audience see what was happening better and to help better showcase some of the detailed actions and activity, particularly with the puppet. Also, the dates that are projected at various times mark important moments but they lacked cohesion and did not lend concrete support to the story, creating more bewilderment than understanding.
If you want to enjoy a talented performance by a couple of skilled creatives, go see The Clocks. I found myself startled when it ended and wishing it went on for a little bit longer.
Running Time: 40 minutes though the website lists as 70 minutes.