Depicting the sundry walks of life he meets along the way is an ensemble of five “players.” Will Shuler, for instance, is everyone from a silly Queen Victoria to that beloved Bruno, the dog. Some of the actors double as techies of a sort, sitting off to one side of the set using common items to create the show’s sound effects.
Headlining the supporting cast is Minka Wiltz, who deftly portrays a variety of characters and even gets to display her operatic training in isolated musical interludes. Few theatrical sensations can compare to hearing her lilting voice echo through the woods.
Serenbe artistic director Brian Clowdus’ modest staging loses steam and drags the further along it goes. For example, the more frequently he and projection designer Kimi Maeda resort to using shadow-puppet techniques to illustrate de Rougemont’s most vivid recollections, the less clever and effective it becomes.
The minimal production values give “Shipwrecked!” the suitable look of a ragtag roadshow, but de Rougemont initially promises the audience more than that, when he welcomes us into his “temple of the imagination.” In that loftier pursuit, Clowdus and company miss the mark.
Through Aug. 27. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. $15-$20. Serenbe Playhouse (Farmer’s Market Stage), 9110 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. 770-463-1110. serenbeplayhouse.com.
Bottom Line: Ultimately adrift.