By Jill Diver
The saying “everything but the kitchen sink” no longer applies when a perfor- mance actually does include kitchen sinks hanging from the necks of several well-toned men.
“STOMP,” nominated for numerous awards in the United Kingdom and United States, is a percussion-based performance featuring a cast of six men and two women pounding out beats with their feet and using everyday household items in a unique performance.
The show runs through Oct. 18 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson Col- lege in Boston.
On Tuesday, “STOMP” captured the audience immediately, when one male performer took the stage in painters pants and a T-shirt, sweeping the floor in an audibly steady rhythm — a hint of what was to come.
After just a few moments on stage, during which he stared and made faces at the audience, he was joined by his cohorts, a group ranging in from frat boy, to model-esque women, to artsy hippie, and man-candy.
Appearances aside, this cast displayed incredible talents for delivering skillful rhythms from the simplest of objects — not to mention the ability to jump and fly across stage in uncanny acro- batic movements.
Each of the eight performers brought a distinct personality to life: Some were clearly meant to be the stronger characters, others the comedic relief.
At one point during the show the performers sat around a box and read the newspaper. With just the rustle of the material and a few well-creased pages, the newspapers became instruments. One performer, actually ceased the moment to do some origami, making dinosaurs, dogs and a number of other animals from the day’s news.
Though there was no back- ground accompaniment or orchestra, the sounds created by the performers render both unnecessary.
When the paint cans came out and the performers were swinging from the staging banging on them, it was easy to forget that the instruments all were house-hold items. People clapped and cheered wildly.
“STOMP” includes portions of audience participation, nothing too complicated; just enough so that anyone who ever wanted to be a musician could be for a little while.
“STOMP” is entertaining, takes twists and turns, and inspires the audience to get up and tap and stomp their way around the theater, though they do need to remain in their seats. If music is your thing, or even if it isn’t, this hour-and-a-half performance is worth taking in, and appropriate for all ages.
This story ran in the Eagle-Tribune Newspaper on Oct. 8, 2009