The Circle Table
ensemble theatre · flat tire theatre company · Ages 13+ · world premiere · 65 mins · United States of America
Review by BRETT MOOREJune 13, 2019 certified reviewer
What I liked
The acting, as seems to be the case every time Flat Tire takes the stage, was superb. The relationships were convincing, subtle, and full of the awkwardness of everyday life and encounters. It’s very difficult to find that kind of authenticity on the stage, and Eric Moore’s script and Amanda Lloyd’s direction really bring that to the forefront. And the entire team leaves you wanting more. All the overlapping storylines are so interesting individually that I genuinely want to know what happens after the show to every single character/group that’s highlighted, and I want to know so much about where everyone goes from here.
What I didn't like
The only thing I can think of is that it doesn’t feel like the story concluded, but I also think that was the point. This was just a slice of a couple weeks out of the characters’ lives, meant to show us how much technology unites us and brings us together, despite often being maligned as separating us. But the characters are so well-written and their lives and histories and relationships so earnest and intertwined that it doesn’t end up feeling like enough when the show ends. It feels more like a beginning, like Moore could keep writing these characters for months or years into the future, and with this cast and direction, I want in. I would watch the hell out of it. I am not in the least bit done watching this story.
My overall impression
This is a great interconnected web that reminds me a little of a story like “Love Actually” in the way that so many stories intersect and entwine with one another, particularly as the show ends. Thorough, well-acted, and cleverly staged and choreographed, “The Circle Table” really highlights the ways we communicate and the impact on our relationships in the age of smartphones, Facebook, and Lyft… and even while evaluating that, makes you care so much more about the characters and their stories.