The Blue Light

When: Jan. 13-15, 8 p.m., Jan. 16-17, 8 p.m. and Jan. 20-24, 8 p.m. 2010

There’s something paradoxically disturbing and satisfying about a play like The Blue Light that leaves you with as many questions as answers. It’s the story of Leni Riefenstahl, a talented and innovative filmmaker who rubbed shoulders with Hitler and Goebbels and made films used as propaganda for the Nazi cause. Pamela Halstead does a remarkable job of playing Riefenstahl as both the young and ambitious dancer/actress/filmmaker and the elderly and unrepentant woman struggling to cast off the shadows of her past. The rapid cuts between Riefenstahl’s past and present-day scenes with a fictitious Hollywood executive (ably played by Kate Lavender) as well as the physical transposing of the scene after intermission cleverly give this play a cinematic feel. And while it raises questions about Riefenstahl’s culpability and the role of art in society it never presumes to give the answers, making this the first must-see play of 2010. –Kate Watson (Phone 499-6252 for tickets.)

Price: $20/$15, PWYC Jan 13 and 14, $30 gala Jan 15

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