Sheila Callaghan’s “Everything You Touch” couldn’t have been performed any better than that by the Warehouse Theatre Company. From beginning to end I was intrigued and wanting to see more and even got angry at the thought of an intermission.
The play begins in 1974 with famous clothing line owner Victor Cavarnaugh (Dalton Mobley) and one of his models, whom he treats like a rat. You won’t see her too much of her throughout the play. Victor is going through a mid-life crisis as his clothing line is suddenly declining and he needs to do something to pick it back up. Victor’s assistant/lover or “muse” as they liked to call her, Esme, is the back bone of his industry, his motivator, his biggest fan, but like his models, he treats her poorly as well.
In contrast to the time period we fast forward to a more modern time. Surely it is in the 21st century as the characters are eating at chipotle. In this time period Jess (Abilene Olson) is a computer software specialist and is going through what most may think is a horrific time in a person’s life. Her mother is dying. The problem lies in the fact, she has no sympathy and she doesn’t want to see her. Haven’t seen her in over a decade, her mother doesn’t even know what she looks like and she hasn’t heard from her. It’s not until she meets a man that will change her life forever and influence her to at least travel to see her mother in her dying bed.
“Everything You Touch” may have been written by Sheila Callaghan, but with Director, Linda Kennedy, it couldn’t have been a better show. However, with the way this play is written one person who plays a vital role was Sierra Hughes, the costume designer. The reason why is because with the constant time switch between the 70’s and the modern day, things have to go back in time and come back. One of the biggest differences in time change is the style. From open dress shirts and bell-bottoms to fitted jeans and polo, the costumes were surely on point. The time in which the actors had to dress was not normally lengthy sometimes something as simple as changing a jacket could get the job done.
The acting in the play was impeccable, however one that stood out to me was that of Dalton Mobley. As stated earlier Mobley played the character of Victor, and I’ll tell you he was an extraordinary actor. Mobley makes you feel the passion and love for fashion that Victor has for clothing. From the tone of his voice, to the way he walked, to the level of sarcasm, you felt as if you knew him. Playing a character that could be rather rude at times, it can be hard to actually stand out sometimes, however Mobley was clearly a star in the show. As a regular viewer of plays in Columbia, I would like to think that this was probably one of the best plays I’ve seen.