Those strings and scares elide what’s authentically unusual and actually stunning about this specific city park. Walking on what was perhaps the trail, I noticed anglers, bicyclists, CrossFit fans, kids on scooters, youngsters smoking weed, a man air-drying his laundry on a piece of park gear, and a woman acrobat balancing atop her associate’s head. I noticed a memorial for the Battle of Brooklyn and an extremely pretty composting toilet. “Intralia” ignores all of them.
The greatest examples of environmental theater (I’m pondering of items like “The Angel Project” and “The Dreary Coast”) take a acquainted place and make you see it via new eyes. But “Intralia” didn’t appear to see the park in any respect, as a right given to who you’re and the way and why you could be listening.
I had hiked to the highest of Lookout Hill — for a remaining observe that by no means talked about it — and when “Intralia” ended, I hiked down then walked the mile or so again dwelling, alone once more with my very own inner soundtrack. (My Samsung battery held out till I reached the highway that rings the park, then died.) I considered how beneficiant conventional theater is and the way the actors, designers and administrators conspire to ship a whole murals. Sound walks don’t try this, however even inside these constraints, a good one, like “Cairns,” can conjure a world and a worldview, too.
Maybe this kind appears stingy — no costumes, no lights, no faucet numbers, simply a few phrases murmured in your ear — however advance the observe and consider it as beneficiant as a substitute, a reminder not solely of how a lot theater may give us, however how a lot it trusts us to think about, too.