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posted Friday, April 8, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 14
Beams Are Creaking all talk, little action
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Beams Are Creaking all talk, little action

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Beams Are Creaking
Taproot Theatre
Through April 23


Taproot Theatre often creates compelling productions in a fairly small theater space, creatively designed and solidly performed. The Beams Are Creaking, the current offering, is no exception. In fact, in some ways, the production is better than the play itself. Headed by charismatic young Matt Shimkus as Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, surrounded by an able ensemble, with a beautifully simple set by Mark Lund that still allowed for four playing space all at once, Karen Lund's direction makes the most of the script.

Bonhoeffer is historically known as a man of conviction who was finally moved to abandon his peaceful convictions in favor of attempting to assassinate Hitler. A prolific writer, he wrote of ideas and ideals and left a record that explains pretty well how he came to the conclusion that he must help erase an evil. In the script, he describes a hit-and-run accident where most people would help the victim who has been hit and injured. He says he is a person who goes after the person in the vehicle so that no others need become victims.

But the script, by Douglas Anderson, is all talk and little action. There is no real demonstration of the stakes Bonhoeffer and his conspirators face, and even when he is in prison, there is little sense of danger. And the script is also striking for what it leaves out entirely.

Much is made of Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia, but also at that point, Germans would have begun hearing about death camps. The play includes the need for Bonhoeffer's sister to escape with her Jewish husband, but aside from that, there is no longer any mention of how much worse life got for Jews who remained. The script doesn't mention or bolster his determination with any laws that Nazis imposed on anyone: disabled, Jews, people of color. It focuses only on laws Hitler made for the church clergy to swear allegiance to Hitler rather than God.

The title alludes to an interesting aspect of the planning by Bonhoeffer's group of saboteurs. They were concerned about killing Hitler too early, and having someone else in the Nazi Party just step in to replace him. They felt the timing had to be not too early or too late. It would be best at the time the roof was just about to cave in, when 'the beams of the structure are creaking and about to fall.'

So, while this is a strong production and Shimkus tries to portray all aspects of this complex character, the script does not help exploit the dynamism of the circumstances, and indeed leaves out an awful lot of the real horrors and dangers of the time. Perhaps Shimkus is still a bit young for the role, as well, and the gravity might have been more present with an older actor. It's an important story, and while this play tells some of it, another might bring home the drama better.

For more information, go to www.taproottheatre.org or call 206-781-9707.

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