Knowing when to edit

Ruth La Ferla profiles designer Santo Loquasto:

To reinforce the emotional heat of 110 in the Shade, a Roundabout revival of the 1963 musical with songs by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks), for which he also did both sets and costumes, he hung an enormous disc from the ceiling of Studio 54. Depending on how it is lighted and angled, it functions as a moon or, more often, as an implacably brilliant sun.

The knack for making less say more has established Mr. Loquasto as one of America’s foremost stage designers. “Santo has a great editorial sense, said Doug Hughes, the director of Inherit the Wind. “Among the battery of props that are all exquisitely chosen, he will recognize during rehearsal weeks that many are superfluous and will happily cut them away.”