The Theater of Voices 58.
(photo credit: Klaus Holsting)
A great many talented people have poured their hearts and their time into what is essentially a waste of it.
Overweighted by both verbal and visual symbolism, Dancing and Flying exhaustively follows the almost pathologically dysfunctional Feldman family as it gathers at the family’s hotel in Netanya to celebrate Pessah. They step a wary path between truth and lies and among the normal and the abnormal, all against the frightful background of the terrorist attack on the Park Hotel in 1993.
There’s the manipulative and controlling mother (Sandra Sadeh); the three sons – wimpy Yossi (Nathan Ravitz), born-again Nimrod (Idan Alterman), and morethan- flaky Assaf – and his anorexic twin, Ella (Rinat Matatov). Completing the happy family circle are Haim Hova as the family’s longtime and blind factotum, Pinto; Nelly Tagar as Anat, torn between Yossi and Assaf; and Amir Hillel as Ella’s boyfriend, Idan.
Reshef Levi writes well. He has an ear for dialogue, a quick and ready
wit and can coin a memorable phrase. The trouble (and the irony) is that
nothing goes below the surface, so the characters can never really
develop a character of their own, indeed are almost stock characters,
while the twists and turns of the plot become tedious.
With that, the actors, splendidly guided by director Alon Ofir, have
done a sterling job. Their intelligent, passionate and compassionate
performances provide what truth there is in the play. Sadeh is
especially magnificent as Sara, the mother.
Michael Kramenko’s scaffolding set and plastic-wrapped furniture starkly
symbolize the basic and the spurious, while costuming, music and
lighting fold in admirably.