All About Evelyn

The Shape of Things performs an extreme makeover at Quad C, asking tough questions about beauty

Big snaps to those young designers--scenic artist Erin Bailey, sound designer Justin A.P. Jones, makeup designer Andrea Throop--for creating a cohesive plan that is abstract but not distracting. Lighting by Craig "Yo" Erickson is just right, too. Every aspect of this production has been well-crafted, including the many scene changes, which take place in full view of the audience in carefully choreographed sequences featuring five human "statues'' (Michelle Ferguson, Nicolas Flower, Kris Gonzalez, Morgan Justiss, Tyler Southard). Their precisely timed moves keep the transitions zipping along without a lull.

The Shape of Things sneaks its heavier messages in under the story of Evelyn and Adam and the latter's visible transformation. While taking shots at the shallow values of the art establishment, the play also exposes the media's focus on achieving physical beauty, no matter how plastic, as a soulless epidemic of ego inflation. This play also offers a fairly heady commentary on how easily a man can be manipulated to change his "base materials" if he's promised a pretty piece of ass. Fixer-uppers, take note.

Stars in the making: from left, Andy Bean, Sarah Saunders, Jeremy Stein, Gretchen Schmoker
Tom Hull
Stars in the making: from left, Andy Bean, Sarah Saunders, Jeremy Stein, Gretchen Schmoker

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continues at Quad Cís Black Box Theatre in Plano through May 9. Call 972-881-5100.

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