Ivy Baldwin's Here Rests Peggy at the Chocolate Factoryhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/here-rests-peggy/910/
Anna Schuleit’s painting is the backdrop—a gorgeous gray-grounded abstraction, with hints of human limbs—lit beautifully by Chloe Z. Brown. Any feeling of formality from this relatively traditional mise en scène is quickly banished as the dancers slam the wall with their palms, and crash into it with the full force of their hurled bodies. Contributing further to the air of a social occasion are Walter Dundervill’s cocktail hour costumes with surplice closings—short dresses with witty details for Baldwin, Smith, and Workum, and slacks and a peacock feather trimmed vest for Cassell. They use every inch of the brick-box theater, leaping onto the old radiators, or hanging from a lighting rod. Since there are no wings, they simply curl up on the floor to go “offstage.” Justin Jones’ sound design alternates sounds, music, and silence and hangs back just enough.