A Bite Too Good!
Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman, written and directed by Moses Goods, follows Jocelyn, a reclusive young woman who is living with her mother and grandfather, after her father left the family. Jocelyn retreats into books and is a loner, shunning the company of others. At the beach one day, Jocelyn meets Nanaue (half teenage boy, half shark.) Nanaue and Jocelyn become best friends—their lives have many parallels. Nanaue, like Jocelyn, lives between two worlds and has imaginary friends. This brilliant, contemporary adaptation of the Nanaue legend by Moses Goods is playful, moving and profound. Micah Souza as Nanaue performs with charisma, nuance and great commitment. Brandon DiPaola is so bewitching onstage that he makes non-speaking puppet scenes compelling. Janine Myers’ lighting design is the epitome of excellent: focusing, creating mood, even transporting the audience below the sea. Anna Foster’s projections are equally remarkable and highly effective. Terrific and appropriate sound design by Alfred Carrero rounds out an inspired design team. Other than a couple too understated performances, the only major issue is the clunky set which, though beautifully rendered, necessitated sloppy black outs between scenes. This production is immensely profound, truly imaginative, highly topical and fun for the whole family.
Written by Brendan Kobayashi