Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
Stephen Massicotte's The Clockmaker is a delicate drama of narrative poetry. Events don't unfold in a linear fashion. They conform to a dreamlike logic of emotion that resonates through the heart of human connection. It's very, very difficult stuff to transfer to the stage. Thankfully, Next Act Theatre's director Mary MacDonald Kerr cleverly helmed the process of bringing the script to the stage, managing the complex narrative language of the play with the aid of a brilliant cast. With impressively charming vulnerability, Drew Brhel plays the title character—a clever man who is caught up in the affairs of a woman (Molly Rhode) and her abusive husband (Dan Katula). The clockmaker periodically meets with a mysterious bureaucrat (Richard Halverson) to discuss a crime he may or may not have committed at some point in the past or the future.