“The greatest strength of live theater is its ability to put the audience in the middle of the action, edging them closer to participant than spectator. The Acheri, the debut production from The Empty Boat Theater Company, exploits that principle to its fullest.
From the moment you enter the “theater”—an empty retail space near Fifth and Main streets—it’s clear you are in for a very different kind of play. The set, a post-apocalyptic day care center, is strewn with toys and garbage and the windows are covered in duct tape. Lumber is stacked in the corner and machine noises rumble softly, creating an atmosphere of unease. Once you enter this nightmare world, the doorman locks you in. It’s an effective gag, because it makes you a piece of the play’s world.”
“The Acheri” is one of those hard to describe plays: developed with actors and director during a long workshop period, filled with elements that intentionality and imaginary space make real, inside of a non-traditional theater - the old Ceramica building in Downtown Boise.
I have been working on transforming the space into Sunny Sky Daycare.
These kinds of events don’t often happen, it’s one of those things not to miss.