Dragged From the Darkness
Youthful Van Gogh colors outside the lines in Vincent in Brixton
Vincent in Brixton illuminates a little known-segment of the artist’s life in brilliant Technicolor. Passions flare and inspiration is born as Van Gogh crashes into the world of a seemingly ordinary Victorian family.
Micah McCoy shines as the young artist. His Van Gogh vibrates with a barely contained energy, as if he could leap up at any moment and begin painting on the walls.
As a counterpoint, the romance between Eugenie and Sam, the Loyers’ second lodger, is much less volatile, although it too is not without its tensions. Travis Armstrong puts in a solid performance as Sam who, unlike Vincent, sees art as the purview of the working man and finds satisfaction in a well-painted trim. Although not without artistic talent of his own, Sam gives up a scholarship to a prestigious art school in favor of raising a family. This conflict between unfettered creativity and solid dependability lies at the core of Vincent in Brixton.
The Aux Dog Theatre (3011 Monte Vista NE) is the perfect venue for this story. The theater’s small size lends the play a sense of intimacy, as if the audience is peering in through the kitchen window. Nicholas Wright's script forges ahead at a steady clip, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Though largely fictional, the play illuminates an elusive and contradictory figure in history.
Aux Dog Theatre’s production of Vincent in Brixton is like a Van Gogh painting come to life: full of broad, slashing strokes and bold, vibrant colors. It is not to be missed.
Runs through May 3
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Aux Dog Theatre
3011 Monte Vista NE
Tickets: $20 general, $18 students