From the fine-tuning of his first move — a leg lift perfectly synchronized with a bowling-pin lift — you know you're in for a curious melding of the animate with the inanimate. As "Episodes" proceeds, the pins' roles are continually transformed. One moment they're outlets for aggression. The next, they're crutches to lean on. Every step of the way, they alter the way that space is defined onstage. Hartley, for whom they become a nemesis, gives "Episodes" its unlikely emotion weight, enhanced by Travis C. Richardson's strikingly angular lighting design.
The three women and three men have plenty of speedy athletic work to do, but the vibe is zen-like. The object of their meditation: bowling pins, and how their curves fit the human body, how they roll asymmetrically when toppled, and how like the human body they are in their tendency to topple.
-Third Cost Review
The piece was dark and taut and featured a remarkable physicality, especially clear in a tense duet by Brett Perry and Ashley Werhun.
-The Idaho Statesman