SHOW: The Talkback
GROUP: The Beserker Residents
ATTENDED: Thurs., Sept. 19, 8 pm
CLOSED: Sat., Sept. 21
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: "Three master thespians have gifted you the show of your life. Rejoice! They've agreed to do a talkback."
WE THINK: A special treat for theater artists and veteran theatergoers, The Talkback puts us at the end of what was apparently an excruciatingly earnest six-hour play, "Prodigal Father" by Shallow Screame Theatre Collective. The play's dramatic ending is followed by a curtain call and then the obligatory talkback.
Justin Jain, David Johnson, and Bradley Wrenn plunge into a daring improvised Q&A with the audience, who quickly catch on and pose hilariously ridiculous questions about the play and the ensemble's process, dubbed "ERIC, for "Everything (w)Ritten In Collaboration," for which they invent clever answers without missing a beat.
A larger structure eventually emerges, including flashbacks from the trio's conflicting memories of how they met, and how "Prodigal Father" (which has "the chill of a comedy, the sweat of a drama," thanks to their air-conditioning policies) relates to Brad's creepy bathroom nightmare.
All this silliness would be unsatisfying without a surprisingly frank twist that's also very funny, as they field the question that haunts many theater artists: "Seriously, what are you guys doing with your lives?"
They might not have retirement accounts, health insurance, or rent money, but the answer from here is, "Creating brilliantly fun theater." Go see it!
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