Johnny, a 14-year-old boy from New Jersey, is bullied by his peers and taunted by his Glee Club teacher for being "a little light on your feet." He soon splits for New York City to escape from his miserable life and find something better — particularly people who will appreciate him.
This 'Cyrano,' by Jo Roets, is a highly condensed version of Edmond Rostand's three-hour romantic comedy. It's sleeker and sharper but lacks some of the poetry and dimensionality of the original. What remains is a post-modern machine for shaking out the story and meaning of Cyrano and Roxanne.
Dylan Shelton and Annie Kalahurka play newly minted born-again Christians whom God has sent on a mission: to convert the audience with "Soul Juice." This involves saving our souls with 'Saturday Night Live'-style sketches, including songs, jokes, puppetry and even a clown show.
What would you do if you had an earth-shattering vision that prompted you to create a Christian ministry called "Soul Juice?" Josiah Pratt stands up and answers the call, creating a ministry with his wife, Ruth Gardener, to open the eyes (and hearts) of the most egregious sinner.
Perhaps the most striking thing about this performance is the juxtaposition of the two lives, gay men born 20 years apart. The two men don't interact, but they trade off speaking time, and their experiences comment on each other. The resulting synergy makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
Kevin Thornton's piece is a tour de force. At times hilarious, at times poignant, it's the story of a reluctant gay boy (later man) who's made to feel incredible shame for his sexuality. The performance is at once genuine, entertaining, poetic and professional.
This exploration of Hollywood movies includes almost completely new material from previous productions by Eagle to Squirrel Variety Hour. The concept fixes the performance to a degree and allows the discursive group to frame material in a more coherent and theatrical manner.