Not Man Apart and its members created three of my top dozen shows of 2016. Now they offer an all-movement multimedia adaptation of Milton's epic poem, titled Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny. As you would expect the work covers the creation of the Cosmos itself, including Earth, the "birth" of the Son of God (Zachary Reeve Davidson), the rebellion of Lucifer/Satan (Jones [Welsh] Talmadge), then the temptation of Adam (Leslie Charles Roy Jr.) and Eve (Alina Bolshakova) which results in the world we know now. Well, that is in the title after all.
Two aspects of the show I want to really talk about and praise.
First, the actual production which proved spectacular as usual. As ever the entire cast showed not only talent but physical training to a very high degree, but now backed up byextraordinary multimedia. Not only do we the audience see amazing images dance across the stage and set, but the cast interacting with those images! One of my personal favorites involved Satan emerging from hell, then leaping from world to world until he finds Eden! Fantastic!
Meanwhile, why could they not simply be forgiven? I don't think this a weakness. Encouraging the audience to think and question seems to me a virtue--one of many in a piece that seems like one the company will return to, again and again in years to come.
Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm until April 2, 2017 at the Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90036.