Ada/Ava OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Hiroko Masuike
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 15, 2015
    Closing:
    July 12, 2015

    Theater: 3LD Art & Technology Center / 80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, 10006

    Synopsis: 

    Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada solitarily marks time in the patterns of a life built for two. However, a traveling carnival and a trip to a mirror maze plunges her into a journey across the thresholds of life and death. Set in a landscape of the New England gothic, Ada/Ava uses a story of the fantastic and super natural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ada/Ava

    ‘Ada/Ava,’ a Conjuring of Loneliness and Comfort in Plain Sight

    Ben Brantley

    June 21, 2015: The common wisdom is that once magicians reveal the secrets of their trade, the magic disappears. But that’s hardly the case with the uncanny coven of young sorcerers who operate under the name Manual Cinema. Currently in residence at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan, this Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty called “Ada/Ava.” And its creators allow their audience to see exactly how they’re doing what they’re doing, which is nothing less than turning substance into shadow and shadow into substance. Such self-exposure, instead of diluting the strength of the illusory, only enhances its hold on our hearts and minds. One feels rather like a child being entertained at night by a storytelling parent who casts silhouettes on the wall with the bedside lamp and a pair of hands. The source of those moving images is in plain sight — it’s just Mom or Dad. But somehow this awareness only strengthens the reality of the alternative world that these clever, powerful grown-ups have created for our delight.

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