Spark Review – Salt Lake Tribune

Pygmalion’s atmospheric production creates a rich sense of time and place.

Sometimes a play creates such a strong sense of place that it immediately transports you to its setting. This is the case with Caridad Svich’s “Spark,” making its regional premiere in a spare, emotionally powerful production by Pygmalion.

The place is rural North Carolina along Tobacco Road, and the Glimord sisters are mired in its poverty. Their mother slaved in the tobacco fields to make ends meet when their father “went AWOL” after returning from the Vietnam War. When she died, leaving her daughters only songs and stories to sustain them, Evelyn (Stephanie Howell) took over.