Two boards and a passion. That, according to the old saying, is all you need to make theater, and EgoPo Classic Theater proves this – literally – in its stunning production of The Hairy Ape.
Matteo Scammell, a human force field, provides much of that passion, in a very impressive, very visceral, very muscular performance as Yank, the central character in this early (1922) expressionist play by Eugene O’Neill. And this production, directed with great imagination by Brenna Geffers, offers a master class is expressionism on stage – a highly stylized kind of theater in which the character’s feelings are made visible and audible, feelings that in Yank’s case range from arrogance to rage to desperation.
Act One takes place in the engine room of a luxury liner; the stokers shovel coal and drink and chant and goad each other. “Nix on de loud noise.