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August 1st, 2011 - Rod Lott

On Broadway


With plays that sometimes veer toward the dark, it’s only fitting Reduxion’s theater match


 

Reduxion Theatre Company recently closed its third season, but the first in its own theater at 1613 N. Broadway Ave.

After two years of borrowing space at City Arts Center, Reduxion ripped its way through runs of “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hair” in a new, theater-in-the round space that its artistic director, Erin Woods, describes as “vampiric.” That’s due not to any element of danger, but the color of the stage, the walls, the curtains — heck, just about everything.

“We didn’t do much to it, except paint it black,” she says, noting the color was chosen for its versatility, and the curtains purchased for a song.

Although the raised, wooden stage comprises much of the single-floor space, the non-for-profit Reduxion’s headquarters features dressing rooms in the back, and a bar and office space in the front lobby area.

And about that stage: It’s not really a stage.

“Officially, it’s a performance platform,” she says, built by volunteers and her husband, Tyler Woods, Reduxion’s artistic director. “It’s a really flexible configuration. We can move it or take it apart and put it anywhere we want it.”

Because not a great deal of lighting is required to light it, Erin Woods says the space normally reserved for such equipment can be used for more seats. With chairs positioned around the action, Reduxion’s space can accommodate between 55 and 80 theatergoers, depending upon the needs of the current production.

But the best thing about their new digs, she says, is that it is theirs.

“We love having the freedom of our own space,” Woods says. “Live venues are so few or far between, and intimate theater is exploding in popularity.”

 
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