Organic dreams, implanted Sync Discs and the infamous Onerus machine. Cafe Nordo’s current production transports you to your very own dream viewing room where you experience the reality of someone else’s thoughts. Sound intriguing? It’s all that and more, and is one show you don’t want to miss. Mark your calendars now Seattle!
Cafe Nordo – Onerus
As with all Nordo numbers (see here, here, and here), there are a few certainties. Great acting, wonderful music, a fun and thought-provoking plot, an eye-catching set, and of course, a creative and delicious dinner. I’m in love with these productions but here’s what makes Onerus unique and my review of it.
One of a kind plot
In this age when we’re pretty much attached to technology 24 7, it wasn’t a hard jump to imagine a world where we actually do lose the ability to dream. Heck, in these last few sleep-deprived months I don’t know if I’ve dreamed anyway:). This was actually one of my more favorite plots from Nordo. Written by Terry Podgorski and directed by Erin Brindley, it’s a winner wrapped in harvested dreams.
The acting was spot on. The chemistry was special (as it usually it) and the “villains” were particularly fun to watch. The always-captivating Opal Peachy (a dream viewer), and new to me Madison Jade Jones (a deviant) delighted and surprised. Of particular note is Madison’s voice. You can’t miss this gem on the microphone in one of the dream sequences!
Annastasia Workman’s score was subtle yet perfect. The music cemented Onerus into what made it a truly special immersive experience.
This four course meal challenges and plays on all of your senses. The textures and colors really stood out to me and my favorite by far was the Orb of Light dessert. The Orb of Light is a Chocolate Pâte à Bombe served with Feuilletine. Don’t ask me what that is other than it sparkled and tasted amazing!
I always love how Nordo productions transform the room. This time was no different. What was different is that they allowed us as guests to interact with parts of the set and post pics to social media. Um, Blogger’s delight?! Yes please! Oh this technology. Next thing you know they’ll be taking our dreams ;).
Whether you are a sci-fi fanatic, music maven, foodie, a lover of the arts in general, or are just looking for something new this autumn season, Onerus is for you. It runs every Thursday through Sunday through November 19th and you can find tickets HERE.
Of special note, if you wear a costume the weekend of Saturday 10/26-29, you’ll get 20% off ticket price! Happy Halloween!