A captivating 45-minute solo play by Escaped Recluse. It follows Randy, who grapples with a tormenting talking heart while searching for his missing wife. Drew Petriello delivers an excellent performance, portraying vulnerability and showcasing his acting talent. Guided by director Miles Berman, the play immerses the audience in a fever dream of heartbreak and magical realism, offering a thought-provoking exploration of the human experience.
Written & Performed by Drew Petriello
Directed by Miles Berman
Venue: The Broadwater (Studio), 1078 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038,
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Heart of Golden Tar is an intriguing 45-minute solo play produced by Escaped Recluse (formerly known as Leaky Faucet & Sons). The show centers around Randy, the protagonist, who grapples with a tormenting talking heart while relentlessly searching for his missing wife, Sif. As the play unfolds, a sense of foreboding and desperation permeates the narrative, trapping Randy in an eternal loop that continually brings him back to the beginning.
Drew Petriello, a seasoned Fringe Veteran known for plays like How to Be Lazy and Not Feel Guilty, Sunbathe in Darkness, and Anna St. Hesia Dreams, delivers an excellent performance in Heart of Golden Tar. With his portrayal of Randy, Petriello skillfully portrays vulnerability, showcasing his great range of acting talent.
Guided by director Miles Berman, another Fringe Veteran, Heart of Golden Tar achieves a heightened emotional impact. The smart collaboration between Petriello and Berman results in a production that submerges the audience in a fever dream of heartbreak, intensity, and magical realism.
Despite its brief duration, the play takes the audience on an intense emotional journey that resonates after the final curtain falls. It offers an invitation to explore the depths of the human experience and the intersection between magic and reality.
While the play's abstract nature may not be universally appealing, those who appreciate thought-provoking and creatively daring shows reminiscent of Black Mirror will find Heart of Golden Tar compelling and introspective.
Overall with Drew Petriello's strong acting and the adept direction of Miles Berman, Heart of Golden Tar stands as an esoteric hidden gem. It ventures into the profound depths of human emotion while gracefully merging reality and enchantment, inviting audiences to experience a captivating theatrical encounter.
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