Hope and Gravity
Runs through July 19, 2014
In Hope and Gravity, playwright, Michael Hollinger takes a unique approach to storytelling. It begins with an elevator that seems to be “out of order”. This refers both to the elevator and the sequence of events. You will notice in your playbill that the acts are not listed in chronological order.
The first scene takes place in the hallway in front of an elevator with just two roommates. They are soon joined by a dentist who begins his interactions with one lie and then another. He always seems to have something to hide and we soon learn why. After a short wait, Marty, an elevator maintenance man, played by Ben Phillips, comes along to run “random” checks on the elevator. Marty is a hardworking man who is passionate about his work. He is the one character that has direct contact with most of the other 8 characters in the production. He is also the one who conveys the message that even with all of the safety precautions in place, things can still go wrong. Ben does an excellent job conveying hope in the sight of tragedy throughout the story. All four characters enter the elevator and begin the random ride in an attempt to reach their respective destinations.
Both the elevator ride and these characters all seem random until you realize that they are intertwined in each others lives.
This is a story about life and the up and downs that come with experience. Some of the issues are infertility, infidelity, mental illness and more. Yet they are presented in a light-hearted way that doesn’t take away from the seriousness of the matter but makes you comfortable enough to discuss them. Each of these characters do an excellent job through gestures and mannerisms to present these stories in a hilarious way without taking away from the importance of these issues.
Just like the stories, one elevator continues to go up and down, even with its malfunctions while another comes crashing down. This is one of those productions that you will both enjoy watching and then leave the theater discussing.
Circle Theatre has a special party after the 8:00 PM performance on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The playwright, director and cast will be in attendance at this party.
For more information, call (817) 877-3040. To make reservations visit the Circle Theatre website.
Valet parking is available in front of PF Chang on Throckmorton Street if the Sundance Square lots are full. Parking is free in all Sundance Square parking lots on weekends all day and after 5:00 pm on weekdays.
230 W. Fourth Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102