Persuasion: An Invasion of Imagination

Actress Tara Chiusano comically dives into the cake presented before her, refraining from breaking character as the audience laughs. “The character Mary was a hilarious comic relief that sort of broke the awkward tension between other characters which I really enjoyed,” Alex Hardgrave said. (photos courtesy of IU Theatre)

Hues of purple and yellow lighting take up the whole of the dark theatre, allowing the audience to imagine what might take place in the next two and a half hour. The set pieces depict an era that is not the current one, but instead the 19th century in posh towns of England. A single chandelier hangs from the ceiling, suddenly becoming the only source of light as the others dim, notifying the audience that the show is to start. Knees bounce. Coughs break the silence. Imaginations swirl with the …
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