Review: Source Festival 2016: ‘Entanglement’: Artistic Blind Dates

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Tangled Up in Time

Cultural DC’s Source Festival 2016 kicked off with Entanglement, an immersive piece of theatre written and performed by Claire Alrich, Maryam Foye, and Britney Mongold  — three women who were perfect strangers just four months ago. Entanglement is one of Source Festival’s three Artistic Blind Dates, wherein three artists combine their diverse talents to craft a 20-minute original performance.

The cast of 'Entanglement.' Photo by Teresa Wood Photography.
The cast of ‘Entanglement: Claire Alrich, Maryam Foye and Britney Mongold. Photo by Teresa Wood Photography.

The creators set a stage for themselves to remember the people who molded them from childhood, then invited the audience to do the same. Alrich’s ethereal movements transport us back in time; Mongold’s infectious energy bestows the hope of remembrance; Foye’s emotive sincerity reminds us that the future is now. Rich with multimedia, Entanglement is certainly experimental theatre. This uniqueness is well-balanced by the show’s exploration of familiar topics.

Not only do we as an audience delve into our own memories, but we also leave room for others to do the same. Strangers instantly become friends. The same people who honked at one another en route to the theatre are suddenly overl- courteous and patient with each other as they’re entangled in the safe space of this play.

The intimate upstairs space at Source is perfect for this show — the sun dances on the walls, window panes casting shadows that evoke the intangible ghosts that we’re addressing in this piece. The whimsical, cozy set design invites the kind of soft, warm memories that garner an appreciation for the past. The labyrinth shows us that whether we follow in our heroes’ footsteps or want something entirely different, the ties that bind us to them go on forever.

Running Time: 20 minutes.

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Entanglement played on June 8, 2016 at The Source Festival performing at Source – 1835 14th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111, or purchase them online. Performances continue on June 18 and June 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM and 7 PM.

Audience members are invited to stay after each performance for a talkback with the artists.