Sunday, June 15, 2008

Youth Invasion

Martial arts, meet cutes, the ultimate creepy bachelor's pad, karoake contests, (in which you must make up your own songs,) missing children and an unhealthy obsession with hardboiled eggs.

And that's just the first 20 minutes of Adam Rapp's Essential Self -Defense being performed by Gurnet Theatre Project at the BCA Black Box through June 28th.

The music at the karoake bar in the play is live, and the cast includes some of the hot young fringe theatre talent in town. The trailer for the show is here:

Speaking of youth, Counter-Productions Theatre company just put on a pretty blazing Glengarry Glen Ross at the Piano Factory. It closes this weekend. (Full Disclosure: I have worked with several members of the company in the past.)

The talent and performances were exciting, electric and full of passion. The director used the Piano Factory as well as any show I have seen there. Of course, it was miscast in that college production way - many of the cast look like they should be twenty-somethings coding games at Electronic Arts, but instead were playing grizzled, washed-up real estate salesmen. But the crisp and professional production and the intensity of the acting held off any disbelief for the entire running time. Once these actors hit their stride they were pretty much off to the races.
I look forward to their next outing, and, maybe, in about 20 years they could reunite this cast to present this play again. I'd be first in line.
Lately, I haven't been able to go to smaller productions without seeing at least one or two really superior performances.

I have to say, it is pretty exciting.

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