The Invisible Hand
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Allen Nause
I went to previews for, “Invisible Hand” at ACT theatre not knowing what to expect. At all. Which is a little refreshing for someone who sees a good amount of theater. I had seen no promo pics, heard no gossip, and when the curtain rose, I had zero expectations.
Even with little knowledge of Pakistan or the stock market, the story was immediately relatable and engrossing. I was drawn in by the relationships between the characters. No one truly knew where they stood with another and the questions of ‘who’s bad, who’s good, and who do I trust” were never answered. You saw the wants and needs of each character and the uncertainty of who to get it from and how to get it. Tension rose and fell in the blink of an eye, but it was always believable and had me questioning what would happen next. It was such an incredibly solid performance, especially so early on. Everything ran like clockwork and there were no unused moments.
So besides the wonderfully written script itself and the excellent acting, I was also impressed by all of the design concepts. The set was effective and the lighting was delightfully detailed. The costumes blended perfectly and the music furthered the intent of the story. I, unfortunately, did not get a chance to see a program, and so specifically sought out who did such fantastic dialect work and was delighted to see it was a good friend, Marianna de Fazio.
Out of everything I have seen so far at ACT, this is the show I would recommend. This show has reminded me of the importance, beauty, and relevance of theater.
By Amy Korver