Anna (Marie Fahlgren), an attractive, brittle young woman, moves into a basement apartment, where her upstairs neighbor, Patrick (Zac Thomas), a big, friendly guy who is kind of shy, goes out of his way to make friends with her and help her to get settled. From this simple opening gambit, playwrights Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn launch a psychological thriller that is gripping to the very end. Scenic designer Vanessa Montano prepares the audience for the ride with set sculptures that represent various aspects of the house, including Patrick’s upstairs room, that reflect the chaos of Anna’s mind.
It is soon revealed that Anna is a deeply troubled woman, a somnambulist, or sleepwalker, of the most dangerous kind. Her affliction became so dire that she was committed to a hospital for observation. She walked out on her fiancé so she could be alone with her disorder. But she is also a gifted dancer who runs her own studio. As the play unfolds in its non-linear way, much of the action is expressed as a pas de deux between Patrick and Anna that signifies passion and danger. The choreography by Erica Gionfriddo is fluid and athletic, with writhing lifts and twining movements that convey subconscious states of mind and dangerous passions. This is daring physical theatre.
Since Any Night is a mystery-thriller, it doesn’t serve to reveal any more about the action of the play. Suffice it say that, under the keen direction of Elizabeth Newman, Any Night is utterly absorbing to the very end fueled by the excellent, passionate performances of the husband and wife team of Zac Thomas and Marie Fahlgren.
Rounding out the creative staff, Chris Conard serves as technical director and lighting designer, with sound design by Eliot Gray Fisher, and the offstage voice of Ben McLemore.
Any Night has an impressive track record. First presented at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia in 2008, it went on to win a Jury Prize for Outstanding New Play at the Summerworks Theatre Festival in Toronto. The show premiered Off-Broadway at the 14th Street Theater. The current production started at The City Theatre in Austin, Texas last year and makes its Los Angeles debut under the auspices of The Filigree Theatre and EVN Productions. Any Night is a guest production at Sacred Fools Theater, 1076 Lillian Way in Hollywood, where it runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm through July 30.