PlayMakers Repertory Company opened its holiday season with a whimsical adventure story about truth, fiction and the colorful world that can exist between the two.
Steering away from the oversaturated digital age, “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment” celebrates old-fashioned storytelling to trace the real-life fabrications of the Victorian-era explorer Louis de Rougemont.
De Rougemont’s tall tales are delivered in a unique combination of raw theatricality and fluid stage design that bring a greater meaning into the play, making it an ultimately poignant exploration of often-neglected imagination.
SHIPWRECKED! An Entertainment
PlayMakers REpertory Company
Saturday, Dec. 4
Arts verdict: 4 of 5 stars
Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 19
Location: Paul Green Theatre
Compared to the delicate attention to design, the play’s apparent examination of celebrity culture is nothing more than a few brief inquiries into the validity of de Rougemont’s fabricated tales.
Instead, the often-generic tales of ocean adventure bring well-earned laughs from a younger audience but fail to explore more pressing issues in depth.