We hear a scream and a belch of demented laughter. Mary Girard (Eliza Hill) is in the tranquilizing box — an eighteenth-century sensory deprivation chamber, only less fun. She is strapped to a chair with a box over her head; she has already lost thirty ounces to bloodletting.
Neda wants to die, and if this play had worked as I think it was intended, you might have wanted to die a little, too. Regrettably, Luigi Laraia’s earnest, plodding script has a surfeit of rhetoric and a deficiency of story, so that despite some first-rate acting we feel not horror and revulsion but impatience […]
“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” – T.S. Elliot, “The Hollow Men” Or, if you are Happenstance Theater, the DC area’s premier clown troupe, it ends with displaced persons, misplaced hats, violent illness, heads that screw open and a butterfly named Grace, which Pandora (Sarah Olmsted […]
About three-quarters of the way through this play, I realized that I was watching the theatrical equivalent of the 1930s horror movies I used to watch at 2 AM in the rec room when my parents were asleep. A despicable villain (here played by Nello DeBlasio) is about to do a fabulously offensive thing (in […]
A Teutonic instructor (Andrea Schell) stares at her class, then barks out her instructions. You are not fat, she says. You are human beings. If you were fat you could not have picked up the pen to fill out the application to come here. She is a drill sergeant, but a drill sergeant for compassion […]
Behold the wretch. He squats before you, sputtering and muttering, shaking his sweat-drenched, alcohol-infused head and slapping his thigh repeatedly. He sorts through his bag of garbage, occasionally opening a piece of refuse, scribbling furiously on it, and throwing it away. His eyes dart back and forth, as though he is on the lookout for […]