by Michael Meigs
Published on April 04, 2017
POOL (NO WATER) is as chilling and intimidating as a straight razor. Diane Irwin's fluid direction sends five theatre artists swirling in shared consciousness like an aerial storm of starlings or underwater plunges of a school of fish.
There's something eerie yet very satisfying about witnessing a tight group of young contemporary artists present a play about a tight group of young contemporary artists who turn on one of their members because she was more successful than they were. Ensemble Mercury is half a dozen theatre artists from Texas State University now set loose on the outside world and specifically upon Austin. Five are in the cast; Diane Irwin, their contemporary, directs. …