Special effects dominate so much of what we see on screen and on stage that we often lose the ability to be awed by simplicity. The French theater company Vivarium Studio aims to restore our sense of wonder over the ordinary in "L'Effet de Serge," the quirky 2007 play being presented this week at the Wexner Center.

Special effects dominate so much of what we see on screen and on stage that we often lose the ability to be awed by simplicity. The French theater company Vivarium Studio aims to restore our sense of wonder over the ordinary in "L'Effet de Serge," the quirky 2007 play being presented this week at the Wexner Center.

Serge (Gaetan Vourc'h) stages brief miniature plays in his apartment for small groups of friends. His mannerisms are Buster Keaton-esque, and each of his performances is simple and involves low-tech special effects.

In a statement provided to the Wexner Center, the show's creator, Philippe Quesne, says that "The show is also propaganda because we want to create more people like Serge." Each one of us possesses the potential for artistic creation, and it doesn't necessarily require much more than our imaginations and the resources we have at hand.

Let Vivarium Studio bring back your sense of proportion, your ability to be quietly wowed and your connection to everyday miracles.