Mo`olelo Performing Arts explores immigration detention and its attendant horrors for the captors and captured
Binh H. Nguyen noon, Oct. 2
Sarah McKendree Bonham, who came west in a covered wagon, hasn't long to live. So she decides to make a "legacy quilt" to tell her story and the untold tales of women on the frontier. Although the Barbara Damashek/Molly Newman musical's about quilting, it attempts an ambitious panorama of the Old West out of short vignettes. For Lamb's Players, director Robert Smyth solves many, but not all, of the book's troublesome, build-dissolve, build-dissolve patchwork. The show feels longer than its running time. Led by Deborah Gilmour Smyth as Sarah,
the cast has uniformly strong voices. The choreography, by Gilmour Smyth and Pamela Turner connects the various blocks with wheel-like patterns of weaving, both flowing cloth and the performers themselves [note: due to popular demand, Lamb's has extended the show's run].