SHOW: This Is the Twilight Kingdom
GENRE: Theater / dance
GROUP: Found Theater Company
ATTENDED: Thu., Sept. 5, 8 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center
CLOSES: Sun., Sept. 22
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: "Why are we so drawn to outer space? What happens to us when we reflect on the big cosmological questions?"
WE THINK: Before we’re brought to our seats for Twilight Kingdom, we wait in a room with a peppy woman behind a desk (played by Kerry Brind'Amour) who’s studying astronomy magazines, Carl Sagan books (she later claimed that they used to be lovers), and working on her “equation for everything.” There’s TVs stacked on top of each other showing old documentaries about space, along with big plastic balls that we kicked around with our adorable, space-obsessed friend. She's an adult with the temperment of a child, a wonderfully entertaining character who, theoretically, I would have enjoyed spending the whole hour with.
That’s why, when the audience is finally brought into the “conference” room, there’s a severe mood whiplash. It’s nearly pitch black, inhabited with two 12-foot people (one of whom is the “king of the universe”) who are chanting creepy hymns. For the next hour, we follow a young girl who seeks to find the mysteries of the universe, a spaceship exploring the “Lynx supercluster” that’s lost contact with Earth, and an airline that is “legally required” to tell us about the possibility of space slugs, among other things. There’s droning acoustic guitars, space casinos, chair dancing, force chokings, a doo-wop song, scientific mumbo-jumbo, philosophical discussions, and time travel (possibly). It was alternately creepy, jarring and hilarious.
I definitely didn’t understand it, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. Sure to be one of Fringe’s most original performances.
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