Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata
"...That's the view of the world we're given in the VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal. Dominating Anne Marie Gordon's set are tall, boxy installations in which are embedded assorted objects -- high-heeled shoes, a doll, a camera, frames, shutters -- many of them distinguished by crisp, straight lines..."
"...Sophie Treadwell's Machinal is a bold choice for a new company. The expressionist play seeks to shock and dismay the audience – not in the sense of "Oh my goodness, she's naked and bleeding from the eyeballs," but more like, "These sounds, images, and ideas are causing me deep discomfort." Machinal suggests that the mainstream world is cold and machinelike, and to survive and thrive within it, one must act as a part of the greater mechanism..."
"...For 15 years, Vortex Repertory Company's Summer Youth Theatre has been not patronizing kids. On the contrary, this program has historically chosen challenging and significant material for its participants to tackle, works ranging from Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan to Sophie Treadwell's Machinal..."
"...Machinal Seminal feminist drama by Sophie Treadwell revived by VORTEX Repertory Company for its Summer Youth Theatre program. July 23-31, Thu-Sat..."