IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) Quick Review

IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati through Feb. 8. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as Woman & Brandon Burton as Man. Image by Dan R. Winters Photography.

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Brandon Burton as Man. Image by Dan R. Winters Photography.

For their first production of 2020, Know Theatre offers an intimate look at the trials and tribulations new parents can face with a newborn who doesn’t sleep through the night.

Brandon Burton and Elizabeth Chinn Molloy skillfully portray [Every] Man and Woman. The talented pair, under the smart and intricate direction of Brant Russell, give voice to the anxiety and fear I would expect most new, sleep-deprived parents experience.

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Elizabeth Chinn Molloy as Woman. Image by Dan R. Winters Photography.

The technical aspects of the show are well-done and work well together. Producing Artist Director Andrew Hungerford’s set design is smart and has some nice hidden elements that are exposed by his lighting design. Doug Borntrager’s sound design works very well and is integral to the story.

The non-traditional structure of the show was interesting, but for me it prevented the action from building any momentum or offering a strong over-arching story line. The numbered breaks between scenes reset the narrative a bit too much, giving it a repetitive voice. Thankfully the strong direction and acting kept me vested in the performance.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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