From Iago to Salieri, theater has given us a roster of villains who, despite their evil, remain oddly compelling. For that reason, This Ain't Real Theatre Company set out to explore the concept of villainy.
Writer-performer Jim Loucks adapted recollections of his Southern Christian childhood into a multi-character, 75-minute drama requiring one actor and one bench. Jim, the 10-year-old storyteller, is as much fiction as biography.
Performance Gallery has assembled a script here with multiple characters and layered storylines to follow the reverberations and repercussions of a suicide and how it shreds the veneer of safe and effective communication.
Choreographer-director Diana Ford blends song, dance, poetry, videotape, projected images and music in a 90-minute collage of sound and movement that examines problems in contemporary society. Five dancers and a poet participate live.