Dollhouse | UofC SCPA Student Review, Tessa Leier
Fluid Festival 2016 presents the thrilling and shattering performance of Dollhouse, featuring Bill Coleman, a master performer and tap legend, and Gordon Monahan, a well-known and innovative composer. The unique performance is brought to life through the use of such atypical sound devices as broken shards of glass, mouse traps, a ladder, velcro tiles, metal bowls full of boiling hot water, and plates attached to metal wires, which are used to create sounds unique to the battle Coleman faces throughout his journey. As the journey progresses, Coleman appears to be in agonizing pain, if the crackles, pops, and snaps he encounters while being shattered to the floor within his suit of glass, rolling over at least fifty mouse traps, and losing his clothes along the way are any indication. His ghostly visage, across which flits expressions varying from pain, to surprise, and what might well be a look of transcendence, haunts the audience; yet creates a sense of wonder in the viewer as they ask themselves why this poor man is so often in this much pain. Occasionally, Coleman’s use of chaotic movement produces welcome comic relief in the form of laugh out loud moments, in which everyone joins. Using unsettling sound, arising from unique and inspiring production methods, Coleman shares his journey through the Dollhouse. The question remains: will he make it out of the Dollhouse alive?