Process Inevitable - Ace Lovelace
Reviewed By Isaac Robinson
Beloved local actor and choreographer Ace Lovelace makes his writing debut with "Process Inevitable," a colorful delve into the transition from a doomer to a bloomer. We follow the story of Iam, a dancer who is in the midst of creating a solo dance piece about grief. He stumbles upon Ego, a glorious deity from the fifth dimension who takes Iam on a spiritual journey through the fifth dimension.
"Process Inevitable" is a Campbellian take on the hero’s journey and is densely packed with multiple layers of meaning. The various mythological objects, creatures, and vocabulary allude to greater concepts of addiction, self destruction, grief, and existentialism. This is not to say that "Process Inevitable" is a glorified mythology fan fiction. It’s a very contemporary work at heart and reflects upon the tragic condition of any 21st century adult. However, it’s not all doom and gloom that corrodes the walls of the fifth dimension, as the script is written with a natural sense of humor that reinforces the meta breakthroughs of the narrative.
None of these elements could have been executed to the fullest potential without Ace’s wonderfully talented cast. They exhibit a superb knack for realism and bring an intimate atmosphere to this fantastical story. Terraye Watson’s flamboyance as Ego, Christa James’ Harley Quinn like demeanor as Ira, Kyra Weinberger’s childlike yet intelligent contrast as Acedia, Brandis Outlaw’s powerful presence as The Golden Teacher, Kitty Corum’s eeire slyness as Gula, and Ace Lovelace’s inquisitive energy as Iam bring each character to their maximum and definitive light. The simple but effective set consisting of only four panels, the incorporation of modern dance and ballet, and the thread of humor which runs throughout contribute to this effective and affecting show.
From Zelda references to the deepest introspections of the human psyche, "Process Inevitable" is a colorful and inspired deep dive into how grief effects the human consciousness.