Project: Thr3e Zisters Remount
Production: Salvage Vanguard Theater
Location: The Off Center, Austin, TX
Direction: Yury Urnov
Text: Lola Pierson
Set: Ia Ensterä
Lighting: Natalie George
Costumes: Jessica Gilzow
Sound: Robert Fisher
"Their misery, however, is our delight, as the revival of Thr3e Zisters contains the same elements that made the first production so exhilarating. While this staging feels smaller than the one in SVT's dearly departed space, it's lost none of the theatrical energy or ingenuity that made it an award winner: the beauty and creepiness of Ia Ensterä's set, with its shredded couches, parlor walls lined with hundreds of pages, and unmoored wall that hurtles at the audience..."
"the audience is treated to a brash, in your face blitzkreig experience. And when I say in your face, I mean it quite literally. Ia Enstera's set advances from the back of the cavernous space of the Off Center to be at the feet of the first row. We are introduced to the sisters in the window of this wall during a monologue that posits that the scent of cut flowers is them screaming to the other flowers for help. And don't worry, the illogic of that thought gets immediately challenged. The moment manages to be simultaneously eerie and hilarious. Throughout the remainder of the performance this wall advances, recedes and even rotates during a chase scene with actors leaping through the windows during rotation. It is one of the finest uses of the space I've ever seen."