BOTTOM LINE: Ground to Cloud is a fascinating play of lighting where shadows and light become narrative, cinematic, abstract, and three-dimensional.
More playing with light than a "light play," Ground to Cloud explores the visual and storytelling opportunities of different angles, intensities, and layering of light. Through shadow puppetry, people meet, depart, are trapped, and enact small vignettes. In other moments, multiple shadows are projected on the backdrop, their silhouettes overlapping. Ground to Cloud explores both abstract and narrative expression styles.
The light playing is often very cinematic, with cross fades, image layers, and transitions. There is even a 3-D section (glasses are provided on site, just like at the Regal!). Ground to Cloud isn't a play in the traditional sense, but it is a fantastic, engrossing visual kaleidoscope, and a Fringe must-see. This show is truly unique and lovely.
(Ground to Cloud plays at The New School for Drama Theatre, 151 Bank Street between West and Washington Streets, through August 26th. Remaining performances are Friday 8/20 at 6pm, Sunday 8/22 at 4pm, Monday 8/23 at 5:45pm, and Thursday 8/26 at 8:30pm. For more information visit www.CimiMarie.com. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and are available at FringeNYC.com, by calling 866.468.7619, or in person at FringeCENTRAL, located at 1 East 8th Street at 5th Avenue . There is NO LATE SEATING for Fringe NYC shows.)