Friday, April 15, 2011

Visceral and Disturbing, In All the Good Ways

Working in theatre, I'm unfortunately cursed with a double edged sword. The problem with working on shows, is that you very rarely get chance to attend them. That's why I was extremely pleased to get a chance to attend Bricolage's Pittsburgh premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's Hunter Gatherers.
Let's start right at the top, this is a show that touches on humanity's greatest hits; animal sacrifice, brutality, sex, violence, and lust. And I will never be able to look at a stuffed mushroom quite the same way again. And if you let that deter you, I'll be brutally honest, you're an idiot. It has been a long time since a show has affected me on such a visceral level. It's unsettling on all the right levels, and is really a perfect date play, as most will find it very stimulating, ready to generate further interaction.
I know I can't really offer much in the way of plot, and that isn't because I'm anti-spoiler, it's due to the fact that so much takes place, it's difficult to offer a synopsis. (And I can practically guarantee that you'll never guess the twists.)
With so much going on, it's hard to determine a star of the production. Is it Steve Tolin's jaw dropping special effects, Jeffrey Carpenter's razor sharp direction, or the perfectly nuanced performances of Michael Fuller, Tressa Glover, Amy Landis, and Johnathan Viser? I honestly couldn't tell you. The perfection of the recipe is in it's ingredients, which come together to make perfect whole. And this production is a perfect example of this theory.
Now, for the little special desert of this review. I have a pair of tickets to give away to see this show. Leave a comment, and I'll enter you in a drawing to win. Oh, and the website, by the way, http://www.webbricolage.org/
Until Next time, Andrew