BROADSTREET REVIEW: The Catharsis of Watching Together

“At the end of EgoPo Classic Theater’s Nocturne, I realized I may have forgotten how to clap. I also think I am not alone in this.

Nocturne ticketholders drive to an empty parking lot in North Philadelphia and follow instructions to pull into a horseshoe shape in the lot, then tune our car radios to a specific FM channel to hear the performers and listen for sound cues indicating we should turn our headlights on or off, illuminating the performance we’re about to watch.

Copyright: EgoPo Classic Theater, Photo by: Kevin Monko

EgoPo has never shied away from the heavy, the distressing, the dark...In that way, Nocturne, despite being a 21st-century play, fits perfectly into the company’s oeuvre. Under the direction of EgoPo founder, Lane Savadove, it has all the hallmarks of a Greek tragedy, emphasized by the harsh lighting of automobile headlights and high-powered handheld flashlights and the stark outdoor setting…It turns out that the inside of a car is both the most perfect and the most painful place to watch the vents of Nocturne unfold.

Watching a play live, with an audience, for the first time in more than a year. At the show I attended, it didn’t matter that we’d all clearly forgotten how to clap. We were in that moment - together.” - Jillian Ivey, Broadstreet Review


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