The First Thread
This short experimental theater piece is a fascinating, movement-driven production that examines emotions through physical dynamics instead of spoken words. The seven-member cast, titled the Sacramento Theatre Experiment, is guided by simple sounds of waves or eclectic music that ranges from ethereal and haunting to jarring, pulsating beats. The troupe’s movements vary from gentle and graceful to athletic and violent as they work to emote feelings of loneliness, isolation, joy, playfulness, rage and peace. Though the show is rather short, it would actually be more powerful if cut by about 10 minutes. Regardless, the end result is a captivating, innovative production offered up by a talented troupe of physically creative performers.
Beyond the Proscenium Productions, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 16; $12-$15. California Stage, 1723 25th Street; (916) 456-1600; www.beyondtheproscenium.org. Through March 16.