The Temple of the Grail

The Temple of the Grail is an interesting premise from start to finish as it is the story of a fool that makes a journey along a railroad track slowly as a black Samurai knight. The staging is actually quite deliberate and beautiful as the normal symbols are caste aside in favor of something a bit more dramatic. Instead, you see the story unfold to the tone of sin, guilt, sorrow, and despair. Although a Grail without heavy religious overtures is odd, it is also oddly refreshing.

As the Grail veteran Gurnemanz gets closer to the Grail along with Parsifal the rock start starts to tumble along with them and the set because very visually disorientating to those that are used to a solid performance. For a moment those that are easily impressed by visual tricks will be impressed, until the Grail is unveiled by a creaky panel that is almost awkward and does not end up being half as cool as it should be. Still, overall the set design is memorable due to the fact that it is not an everyday setup to say the least.

Technical complexity is still a challenge on the stage as special effects are no help in real life when you cannot hide behind a computer and the screen. Given this fact, the simple symbolism of Kundty crash landing much like an angle while Kingsor sees his rule destroyed by ash that could be nuclear is strong. At the end of the play it is likely this type of memory and thought that you will still be mulling over much more than the silly stage antics.