Review: 'Stomp' is an industrial caravan of sounds, rhythms
“Stomp” is movement and rhythm, noise and music, comedy and acrobatics — an explosion of sheer fun and merriment.
It’s back at the Hawai’i for the holidays, playing through Jan. 3 — and it's a great way to ring in the New Year’s without pyrotechnics.
Its inventive use of everyday objects, including the kitchen sink, makes “Stomp” somewhat of an industrial caravan of hardware (and software) masquerading as theater.
And it works.
From the opening shuffling and tapping of brush brooms to the standard finale of two guys on huge steel drums romping like Terminators with a mission, “Stomp” is a romp for young and old alike. When I attended the show last night, scores of kids were clapping and cheering and discovering the somewhat tribal temptations of the production. Oh, their parents were tapping and clapping along, too.
Yes, it’s all about tempos and thumping, the sounds and the rhythmics resulting from tapping (or tossing) steel cans, rustling plastic bags, shaking or tapping matchboxes, or mere hand-clapping or body-slamming.
The eye-opening number, of course, is the utilization of that over-sized metallic xylophone that forms the backdrop of the endeavor — loaded with signs, hubcaps, tubing, pots, pans — and creating a cacophony of soul-stirring music. There’s choreography, too, with performers doing mini-bungee jumps, reaching for and hitting an object or two or three.
Of the fresh inserts, the over-sized inflated inner tubes — like gray-black doughnuts for the Jolly Green Giant — were an audience favorite, with bouncing delights aplenty.
Andres Fernandez, one of three Islanders in the cast (the others are Ivan Delaforce and Guillaume Carreira), is the one to watch in the old newspaper-rustling-and-ripping number. He folds and manipulates broadsheet newspapers into hats, G-string coverup, gun, spear, and he accentuates his props with broadly funny interpretations, notably as a stripper and a Maori warrior without the painted face (his natural bush of hair is a bonus).
Thirteen performers comprise the touring cast and only eight take the stage each night, so you may not see all locals in one visit — so go back for another serving. “Stomp” is a buffet for the eyes and the ears and the soul — and you’ll get a big bang out of the hijinks and highly innovate ways these guys and gals create their industrial symphony of sounds.
8 p.m. today-Saturday, Monday-Jan. 2; 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 2-3;
7 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 3.