Nick Paglino’s performance is brilliant…the entire ensemble is a powerful one…Lawrence Jansen as the Clown Leader is deliciously creepy…the real stunner is the incredible design, it creates a twisted circus and imposes a constant feeling of impending doom…THE PILO FAMILY CIRCUS does a good job of exploiting the thin line between pleasure and pain and the pleasant and the perverse.
Godlight Theatre Company goes for a wild run to the dark side…powerfully adapted by Matt Pelfrey…the play presents a fascinating look at the dark side of human nature and the monsters hidden deep in one’s soul…definitely not for the faint of heart.
Godlight has made a name for themselves with their book-to-stage adaptations and my hat is off to them…their version of PILO is a weird, wild ride, and there’s a lot of twisted joy to be had…Director Joe Tantalo shapes an impressively sparse, swirling underworld…those images, days later, still stick with me…it’s a trip to the circus I don’t regret.
Godlight Theatre Company’s PILO FAMILY CIRCUS is a frightening parable...an imaginatively conceived world that rings bizarrely true because of the richness of the vision...Nick Paglino gives a gritty performance.
The piece is directed with bravado by Joe Tantalo…there is so much talent and inventiveness in the actors and stage designers on stage at the New Ohio Theatre.
PILO FAMILY CIRCUS grabs the rubber chicken of your mind and shakes it like crazy. It’s conflicts mirror those of the real world. Freedom of enslavement? Redemption or damnation? Perhaps only the clowns know the answer.