To judge by Saturday night’s performance, Santa Fe’s newest theater seems to be getting a positive reception.
“Luna Gale,” the opening production at the Adobe Rose Theatre, had many seats filled with a rapt audience absorbed by the well-acted, fast-paced drama. And not all of the viewers had gray hair. That’s been an ongoing moan both here and elsewhere — that the audience for the theater is aging, with no younger people coming to fill the seats.
At least that night’s audience represented an array of ages — perhaps thanks to a smart marketing ploy by founder Maureen McKenna. A young audience member, who is studying art therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, told me the Adobe Rose sent a special invitation to students there — the play’s theme of neglected children and the foster care system was relevant to its counseling and therapy studies.