Originally posted on Medium
Egress as delivered by Amphibian Stage productions is an emotional, riveting and intense work that leaves audiences asking new questions about gun control they might not have walked in posing.
Ripped from an age where headlines informed readers of armed gunmen on college campuses breaking the serenity of the Ivory Tower scene and its positions of female power, Egress, as a work inserts hefty amounts of soliloquy into dialogue between two core female characters as portrayed by Jessica Vera and Sky Williams with character names as simple as “You” and “Woman” as assigned by playwrights Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick.
Swamp scenes with barely clad “man” portrayed by Garrett Storms emerging out of the nebulous areas on Amphibian Stage’s amorphous take on the proscenium and theater on the round are equally intriguing as the animal ends of seduction and the East Texas side of male hypnotic supremacy is explored. These scenes stand out over others with the protagonist depicting attraction interrupted by a violently abrupt Western shootout and failed connection beer with a soft male sweater wearer at a party in their delivery, intensity, and sense of climactic conflict.
Man in this scene stands out as an overconfident obstacle to overcome and sex object of incredbile force.
Jessica Vera’s intense, nervous and uncomfortable performance of a UT Austin professor whose uncomfortable life is unraveling is incredibly convincing. Its intensity suggests a level of skill and training that experienced actors possess. The range of emotion required in most of Vera’s scenes is so varied that choosing between method acting and the humanistic approach to character psychology as sole methodologies might seem an impossible choice.
Sky Williams portrays Woman well with an excellent range of emotion portrayed in a supporting character. Her ability to pull a scene along as the lead actress explores uncomfortable silent spaces and emotions is impeccable.