Last week I sat in on the first stumble-through of act one of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere adapted by Robert Kauzlaric. People began running across the stage, moving props, and setting the scene for the world we were entering. The cast and crew wasted no time diving right into act one.
Even without the set, lights, or sound I had no trouble getting lost in the world. Liz Carlin-Metz, director, used the entirety of Harbach to her full advantage. With a cast of 32 people, however, it's amazing that she has enough room for scenes that involve the full cast. The ensemble members play a variety of characters. From rats to pigeons to monks they are constantly running around and helping create the scene. Even in huge montage sequences you never see anyone out of character.
The story follows Richard Mayhew (Micah Snow-Cobb), the everyman who must overcome challenges in London Below, a world of people who are forgotten, who slip through the cracks. He befriends a girl named Door (Martha Brown), who is an opener. Openers have the ability to make doors appear or open whenever they desire. Together, along with the Marquis de Carabas, (Ian Tully), and Hunter (Jordan Hurst) they go on a journey to in London Below.
The show has only had seven rehearsals, and act one is already well underway. The Neverwhere team has been moving at an impressive rate, and still has a long way to go. I know that they'll continue to make huge strides in the coming weeks. I can't wait to see act two!
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