Sarah Grimke is an art maker and administrator

JG is an actor and deviser

Sarah Grimke

Want to start this love fest with pockets? I’m a fan of Kennedy’s work and her as a human. I’d also read a version of this script before. I went in wanting to like it.

 

JG

I came to Weights and Measures after a good/sweltering day. I’m a fan of  Kennedy’s work and will be working on future productions of said piece. So yeah, I went in wanting to like it too.

 

Sarah Grimke

One of my favorite trademarks of Kennedy’s work is that she always finds these subjects that would otherwise come across as boring and turns them into these amazing backdrops to such compelling storytelling. In this case it was the definitions of our units of measurement.

 

JG

The magnitude in the mundane, I hear you.

 

Sarah Grimke

To set the scene, this was a one woman show in the artist’s West Philly row home. Just her acting and her husband on guitar giving you a live soundtrack. She played 5 characters. It was part of SolowFest (shout out to SolowFest!)

 

JG

Solow!!!

The transitions between each character were, nuanced, and precise.

 

Sarah Grimke

A very physical performance. I never doubted which character she was playing in each moment Minimal costume/prop assistance. It was really just great old-fashioned character acting. Kennedy is one of the leading character actors in Philly in my book. She transforms vocally, and physically so cleanly and completely. It’s amazing to watch.

 

JG

Seconded. I like that the costume/prop design was so minimal in a balance to the density of the piece. Also the props that were used  held a purpose to more than one character, thus filling out the story, even more.

 

Sarah Grimke

Yes, it was all so thought out and smart. I loved the moment where the one character is upset and wants a cigarette and Kennedy had preset a pack of cigarettes on the floor in the audience. So, the character was able to ask to bum one. Little surprises like that kept it so interesting.

 

JG

Yes, another of those moments with the light switch for the metre. She had two different characters who were consistently in contact with the audience. It just felt easy to be there with her.

 

Sarah Grimke

It was all pleasant interaction. I hate audience participation that is supposed to humiliate or make the audience nervous. This felt like the audience participation was all about helping the characters in little kind ways. I also really liked that this show made you think.

 

JG

Oh yeah, uncovering the mystery behind mass. It’s also educational and entertaining.The beats of the show are carefully “measured” and played by Jeremy Prouty which makes the piece sing.

 

Sarah Grimke

Ugh I’m the worst for not using his name earlier. Sorry Jeremy! He’s such a talented musician and somehow disappears on stage even though he is right in front of you scoring everything.

 

JG

It’s all in the timing… speaking of, you know I’m still unpacking the concepts of time that were introduced in the piece.

 

Sarah Grimke

Yes! I loved that they used a metronome for certain sound effects. Which NO SPOILER but the idea of time and measuring time is central to the piece

 

JG

Ahhhh, I love it so much and Kennedy’s brain too! Sorry not sorry for gushing. Weights and Measures is talking about important things and even if you can’t wrap your entire noodle around it all, you’ll be glad you experienced it.

 

Sarah Grimke

I loved this piece and I’m so excited it’s continuing. Kennedy is going to work to turn it into a 3 actor show, right?

 

JG

Yes, she is. But there is still one more chance to see it in its current form tonight!

 

Sarah Grimke

Yes!!! People should never miss a Transmissions Theatre (Kennedy and Jeremy) show. EVER. In general, it was just amazing story telling. Simple tools used perfectly.

 

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