Containing outstanding acting and fine directing, “Seascape with Sharks and Dancer” depicts the comedic yet turbulent relationship of a young couple in 1970’s Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ben (Matthew Hannon) rescues a naked Tracy (Christine Weatherup) from the stormy seas and, almost immediately, they fall in love. The couple lusts for each other even though they share nothing in common except emotionally distancing themselves from each other. With so little to bond them except the hots for each other, will they stay together?
Weatherup and Hannon exhibit strong chemistry with each other, bringing an attractive naturalness to their roles. They display a fine playfulness as they rollercoaster between flirtatious teasing and bitter sarcasm in an earthy realism. Weatherup is extremely provocative, sexy and vulnerable. Hannon displays an almost Zen-like façade, behind which he hides.
Director Benjamin Haber Kamine successfully channels the high energy of the couple, building peaks and valleys in their developing relationship. He choreographs the relationship into a wary yet enthusiastic pursuit.
Production work enhances the story with effective sound by Kamine, lighting by Matthew Brian Denman and set design by Geronimo Guzman.
An entertaining, charming look at passionate though difficult love, “Seascape with Sharks and Dancer” reveals the joys and sorrows of romantically connecting.
“Seascape with Sharks and Dancer” plays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm, plus Sundays February 21 and 28 at 8 pm. Tickets cost $20, or $15 online with discount code “Tolucan,” and can be purchased by telephone at (800) 838-3006 or online at www.sharkanddancer.com/tickets.