Laura Jo Schuster
4/18/2013 2:33 PM
"Blue Window," quite simply, is a play about relationships. Love, loss, fear of commitment, and difficulty connecting runs through each character's story line. But the play departs from the typical dinner party or kitchen sink drama in a few key ways: the quick back-and-forth dialogue and snappy pace keeps the plot moving along. It's as if Lucas has taken "Blue Window" and shattered it, then pieced it back together to create fractured conversations that are oddly naturalistic: characters interrupt each other, speak at the same time, and repeat themselves. This is evident in the dinner scene, but especially at the end of the play when all the characters are in separate spaces. Dialogue weaves in and out, complementing other conversations while still staying specific to the individual scene. Emily's song cements the play's unique take on the relationship drama. Though she is the most introverted character, through the song she recounts her past struggles and current state of mind.
"Blue Window" represents taking the leap in a relationship (or, for Norbert, literally taking the leap out of an airplane). For Libby, it's coming to terms with the pain of the past; for Emily, it's having insight into the truth of each individual human being. From a technical standpoint this play is great for colleges or small theater companies: the sets are not complex and the props (while numerous) are not difficult-to-find items. The trick is the staging, and where to put five separate scenes on the same stage. This leans heavily on the space in which the play will be performed, but also needs a creative production team and close work between the director and scenic designer. The play is slightly dated, taking place in 1984 with time-specific references, but for the average undergrad it can be considered a period piece (today's college freshman was born in 1995).
Overall, "Blue Window" is unique look at the inter-workings of relationships, and a play where the audience will walk away with a thing or two on their minds.