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Around Dark Matter

Mica Dvir (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

By Nicholas Korn · June 2nd, 2014 · Fringe
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Few topics are heavier or demand as much delicacy as the Holocaust. The loss of eight million people is an event so fraught with grief and evil that it can be difficult to tell whether individuals and organizations centering their work here seek to mourn the past or capitalize on the tragedy to further current agendas.

The latter issue is the point of protest for Mica Dvir’s one-woman show, Around Dark Matter. Unfortunately, her abilities as a performer are not strong enough to command the attention, the stage or this topic, require. Nor are her theatrical instincts confident enough to deliver on the basics of pacing and structure.

A resident of Tel Aviv, her Hebrew accent is pleasant but heavy, and her stage voice is too low and unsupported to be heard for extended sections of the show. The production includes long lists of names and events from the Holocaust, which might act as shortcuts for the memory, but don’t fully produce the desired emotional impact.

When she does relate the details from her case files on individual stories of suffering, her voice remains clinical and almost distant.

Dvir also spends too much time describing the location of furniture as she moves various stage pieces from one spot to another. The video clips of trains pulling into concentration camps go on for what feels like a very long time, and the pace of the show in general is slow.

In the final sequence, Dvir makes the strong statement that she believes most Holocaust organizations are merely using the suffering of so many for their own advancement and performs a striptease — no nudity, just down to yoga shorts and a sport bra — to symbolize her complaint. With the infamous gold stars strategically placed on her top, many will probably be offended. That is evidently her invitation and intention.

Whether Dvir’s production is guilty of her own accusation is something audience members must decide on their own.

AROUND DARK MATTER by Mica Dvir (Tel-Aviv, Israel) will be performed 9 p.m. June 3, 8:45 pm. June 5 and 7 p.m. June 7 at Know Theatre (1120 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine).



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