By Traci Smith, NDG Special Contributor
Colossal, on stage at the Dallas Theater Center, is a thought provoking experience that places audiences smack dab in the middle of a football field, but far outside of their comfort zone. The new production by University of Texas playwright Andrew Hinderaker, the play offers an intense and in-depth look at the country’s undying love for football and a young man’s first love.
The plotline focuses on a University of Texas football player, fighting to move past his glory days after a life altering spinal injury. The story unfolds in a creative never-before configuration where the Wyly Theatre is transformed into a football field, creating an insanely cool experience.
Although the set design will get all of the attention, something must be said about Joshua L. Peugh’s choreography. I found myself very uncomfortable watching masculine shirtless men move around on the field dancing. But it was indeed a beautiful sight that proved that there is grace in strength. It will be hard to leave the bleachers unmoved.
The Kennedy Center Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award-winning play is directed by Kevin Moriarty and runs for an hour and a half without an intermission. There will be no late seating, and if a patron leaves the theater space for any reason during the show, thew will not be readmitted.
Ticket prices for Collosal start at $18 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202. All performances of Colossal will take place at the Wyly Theatre, located at 2400 Flora St., where it runs through May 3, 2015.