Industrial Strength Theatre


Editorial Review

Tucked in the back right corner of a utilitarian business park among warehouses and wholesalers is the Industrial Strength Theatre, where the Elden Street Players put on five shows a year. The Elden Street Players also join with the Town of Herndon's Parks and Recreation Department for a three-show series of matinees for children.

The theater holds 114 seats on a steeply banked set of risers facing the playing area so there really aren't any bad seats in the house -- although a set piece might obscure a view if you sit on the extreme sides of the first few rows. With the audience looking down on the action, there is no raised stage and those sitting in the front row might feel the urge to uncross their legs to allow an actor to pass from stage left to stage right. The back row is only about 20 feet back so everyone gets a very up-close-and-personal feel for the play.

That play is likely to be a challenging piece of dramatic theater. The first show here was Loraine Hansberry's "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" -- no light piece of fluff -- and the Elden Street Players have continued to mount versions of important works.