In the Los Angeles theater premiere of the play, Any Night, a young dancer named Anna suffers from sleepwalking and is weirdly coerced into taking a basement room to escape her abusive boyfriend. There she meets Patrick, another resident of the house, who helps her move in. He becomes enamored with her and they eventually become lovers.
The play transverses between Anna’s dream state and reality as she experiences terrors from past experiences, her mother’s premature death from an accident, and Patrick’s creepy obsession with her. She has been participating in a sleep lab to cure her nightly wanderings but her medications make it worse, causing her to lock herself in at night to keep from harming herself and others.
Patrick tries to help her but she becomes angry when he invades her space inappropriately. She switches back and forth between deep love, resentment, anger, and hysteria.
Both actors skillfully and stylistically dance between scene changes keeping the play in a constant dream like state. It’s difficult to decipher what is real and what is not. The performance is a study in manipulation and sexual terrorism.
Any Night was originally commissioned and developed by Theatre Network at the Vancouver Playhouse and toured in Canada. It was written and originally performed by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn – DualMinds.com. It was later produced in Austin, TX by Filigree Productions and is touring as a guest production at A Sacred Fool’s Theatre Company in Hollywood directed and produced by Elizabeth V. Newman and also produced by Stephanie Moore.
Anna is played by Marie Fahlgren and Patrick by her real-life husband Zac Thomas. Both are current residents of Austin. They work together beautifully in this difficult and emotionally intense one act performance.
The set adds to the dream-nightmare aura and is a collection of rags, sticks, and metal parts that express the inner-workings of Anna’s tormented mind.
What’s important to watch and be aware of is the cunning way Anna is controlled and violated by a sexual predator posing as someone who only wants to help her. It’s a situation young women are subjected to in real life, albeit in subtle ways.
Any Night runs through July 30, 2017.
Sacred Fools Theater Company
1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA 90038
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm – Sundays at 5 pm
For tickets, please visit www.anynightaustin.com