Elizabeth Frances and Brian Tichnell
Photo by Ed Krieger
DREAM CATCHER by Stephen Sachs, is a two-character bravura wrestling match of knowledge vs. emotion, progress vs. heritage, lust vs. love. It is an emotional rollercoaster thrill ride in the charming Fountain Theatre, reconfigured to have audience on all sides and the stage covered in sand.
Brian Tichnell gives a masterful performance as an engineer brought to the Mojave desert to build a solar energy plant and Elizabeth Frances plays a woman from the Reservation that may hold his heart, but definitely has the sacred artifacts which could derail his project. The smart script really runs this pair through their paces and there is never a false moment in their fiery journey. I especially appreciated that there was no clear-cut winner in this duel between the spiritual and the scientific.