“The Giver” Gives Us a Lot to Ponder

This weekend I got to see “The Giver”. And now I am faced with the task of blogging about this amazing production without giving anything away.

This startling and thought provoking production has four shows remaining in its run. If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, do so immediately – you won’t be sorry. (Click here for tickets)

I went into this production having never read the book. I had no idea what to expect and had no preconceived notions about how the story would play out.

But it was beautiful. Perfect. The set design was ingenious. Monochromatic and stark, yet filled with lush color as the story dictated. The use of video to accent each setting in the play was like nothing I had experienced before. The sound was mesmerizing; the way  sound was used to transition from scene to scene was so dynamic, I sometimes felt I was being pushed along as well.

But the most intricately designed set is nothing if the actors using it aren’t doing their job. The actors, which goes without saying as this is a Childpslay production, were…perfect. They captured the feeling of the world in which their characters were living perfectly.

I saw this play with my 12 year old son. It speaks volumes to the power of this production that he and I are still discussing it at length a day later. While we always discuss the “Questions for the ride home” after each play, this play touched us so deeply that we are still pondering its many themes and messages. It has served as a springboard to share our feelings about fitting in and daring to make a difference. Something my son struggles with every day in middle school.

Needless to say, we are reading the book. We look forward to discovering if the Childpslay production was an accurate interpretation of the story, and if the themes will resonate as powerfully in the written word as they did in live theatre.

I see most Childsplay productions, and I have my favorites. This production of “The Giver” has nudged out “Getting Near to Baby” as the production that has most profoundly affected me; I simply can’t get it off my mind.

You have got to see this play.

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