Review: Reanimating an Autistic Artist With ‘Soot and Spit'

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From the moment we enter the space, we are transported. Inspired by Tom Trusky’s book “James Castle: His Life & Art” and infused with old-style fiddle music and acoustic guitar, “Soot and Spit” springs to vivid life on a rustic, neatly cluttered set (by Matthew Imhoff) that seems reassembled from Castle’s drawings of home: the slices of whitewashed walls, which double as screens for clever projections (by Boyd Branch); the iron stove to heat the room; the pieces of playful art — a bird here, a human figure there.

Period17 Jun 2017

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  • TitleReview: Reanimating an Autistic Artist With ‘Soot and Spit
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNew York Times
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionSoot and Spit NYT Critic's Pick Off Off Broadway, Play1 hr. and 30 min. Closing Date: June 17, 2017New Ohio Theatre, The, 154 Christopher St.212-675-6446
    Producer/AuthorLaura Collins-Hughes
    PersonsBoyd Branch