Fertile Ground Portland

A Festival of New Works Blog

Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart Hand2Mouth review by Pearl Waldorf February 4, 2013

(lowrez)h2m_Heart_MatthewDieckmanJulieHammondMaesie SpeerLiz HaydenFaithHelma_photoPatrickWeishampelSomething’s Got Ahold of My Heart
Hand2Mouth

Thursdays-Sundays @8PM until Feb 17th
Studio 2 810 SE Belmont Tickets: $12-15
Buy tickets: https://app.ticketturtle.com/index.php?actions=4&p=2
http://www.hand2mouththeatre.org/

review by Pearl Waldorf:
I was seduced last night. By the hand2mouth ensemble. Yup. I am head over heels. If you were there, I’m betting you are too. Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart is not a play exploring themes of the heart. It is an encounter with 6 captivating lovers who won’t let up, not until we will follow them anywhere.

What makes our hand2mouth affair so alluring? Never once do we question we are in the deft hands of experts who know love pulses in the chest and in the gut, it is short breaths and low moans. It lives in fists and tears and long lusty looks.

Our hosts condense time to drive home the tension. Music vibrates through the evening to guarantee we feel not think. It’s our dance party, our boxing match. We are refreshingly released from any requirement to track story. Our entire experience is designed to hold us gentle, rough, desperate moment by moment.

At this point you may be wondering, how can hand2mouth’s Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart give us the unbridled intensity, the drama, the abandon of love without cheapening it? A fully formed rock show of course, no holds barred. I’m smitten. You will be too.

hand2mouth ensemble members: Julie Hammond, Maesie Speer, Liz Hayden and Faith Helma
Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart Hand2Mouth 8pm Jan 31st- Feb 17th Studio 2 810 SE Belmont I was seduced last night. By the hand2mouth ensemble. Yup. I am head over heels. If you were there, I’m betting you are too. Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart is not a play exploring themes of the heart. It is an encounter with 6 captivating lovers who won’t let up, not until we will follow them anywhere. What makes our hand2mouth affair so alluring? Never once do we question we are in the deft hands of experts who know love pulses in the chest and in the gut, it is short breaths and low moans. It lives in fists and tears and long lusty looks. Our hosts condense time to drive home the tension. Music vibrates through the evening to guarantee we feel not think. It’s our dance party, our boxing match. We are refreshingly released from any requirement to track story. Our entire experience is designed to hold us gentle, rough, desperate moment by moment. At this point you may be wondering, how can hand2mouth’s Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart give us the unbridled intensity, the drama, the abandon of love without cheapening it? A fully formed rock show of course, no holds barred. I’m smitten. You will be too.

review by Pearl Waldorf

 

Don’t Let Us Tell You What to See… January 20, 2012

Check out these recommends from the Oregonian, the Willamette Week and The Portland Mercury to help you filter your Festival Weekend options:

The Oregonian picks out a vibrant selection of smaller and quirkier festival offerings here, to balance out their top picks and promising productions selections from last week:

Sample pick:

“They”: Fertile Ground is dedicated to new work, but sometimes the definition of that can be liberal. Hence the inclusion of this 1920 expressionist comedy by Polish writer/artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, who used the pen name Witkacy. What’s new is this adaptation by Rogers Truax. It’s a political satire about secret forces behind state power, bent on crush individuality and creativity. The cast includes such reliable talents as Brian Allard and Northwest Classical Theatre stalwart Melissa Whitney. Read more.

The Willamette Week take a decidedly spookier stroll through the festival offerings, coming up with this bloody sexy set of selections to satisfy your inner goth:

Sample picks:

There’s political intrigue (The North Plan, They), supernatural terror (Ablaze, Bite Me a Little), gore ([I Am Still] the Duchess of Malfi, Grand Guignol 4) and rumblings of doomsday (Waxwing, B’aktun 13). So get out there and take in a little light entertainment—that is, if you’ve got the guts. Read more.

The Portland Mercury likes arty, smarty sexy and ironic. Their picks for the festival hit all the right notes.

Sample picks:

Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart—The lifespan of a Hand2Mouth show includes months of workshopping and revisions; their new production explores both the representations and the realities of love and commitment. The Mouth at Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, Fri Jan 27-Sun Jan 29, 7 pm, hand2mouththeatre.org

Big Plastic Heroes—Performers auGi and Slash Coleman pair two like-minded stories of nerdy childhoods spent idolizing larger-than-life action heroes. The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy, bigplasticheroes.com for dates and times, through Feb 4

Read more.

Of course the most important taste maker in this particular festival is YOU the festival-goer. What’s on your opening weekend must see list?