HomeGrown Theatre's Sing to Me Now Invokes a Muse—Then Tests Her 


HomeGrown Theatre
has been in the Gem Center for the Arts for only a few months, but it's already showing signs of growth in its new space. Its returning play Sing to Me Now by Iris Dauterman, which runs through Saturday, Aug. 25, marks the first time a playwright has traveled to Boise to collaborate on an HGT production. That first was facilitated by a relationship with Boise's Campfire Theatre Festival, where Sing to Me Now was first workshopped.

Featuring a personally and professionally burned-out Greek muse, an unpaid intern and more than one emotionally incompetent god, Sing to Me Now is a smart blend of the classical and the contemporary. Epic poetry muse Calliope (Tiara Thompson) has reluctantly brought on an intern, Yankee (Caitlin Susen Hartshorn), to help her and Morpheus (Noah Moody) shoulder the creative burden of humanity, but it quickly becomes clear that there are problems in Calliope's world that go beyond too much paperwork.

As the old laws of gods and men seem increasingly out of date, and the pillars people used to rely upon for stability crumble, Calliope starts to demand answers from her fellow gods, catching Yankee in the middle.

Life, eternal or otherwise, is a tough thing to keep straight. Long work days gobble up family time, and facts and opinions carry the same weight in public discourse. Dauterman lyrically captures the miasma closing in on Calliope—her broken family relationships, professional cares and personal traumas. Funny, sad and poignant, Sing to Me Now is essential viewing from an up-and-coming playwright and one of Boise's most cherished small theaters.

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