note: entire contents copyright 2002 by Larry Stark
Set Design by Daniel Jaquez, Carl Doebler, Bruce Serafin
Lighting & Sound Designs by Carl Doebler
Stage Manager Amy Young
America, Red, The Messenger
Molecules, Medicine, The Messenger
Intro, Inner Baby, Rash, The Messenger
The Glass, The Fan, Recovering Male, The Messenger, Blow Me
Eric Bogosian is not for all tastes. His combination of social satire, gross-outs and insult-humor, stand-ups, monologues, sketches and harangues will tease knowing guffaws, nervous titters, and stony silence from the same audience, along with smiling nods of recognition. Director Daniel Jaquez has wisely broken up the dozen personal monologues in "Pounding Nails in The Floor with My Head", assigning them to four people who occasionally appear on stage together. But the people who will find the slow build of more and more horrifying side-effects in "Medicine" neatly crafted may frown at the multiple reiterations of "Blow me" in the very next sketch.
The highlights here for me included Dennis Strahan as an unreconstructed hippie dope-pusher bonding with a stock-broker looking for pot; DB Cooper as the lady doctor in "Medicine" whose ultimate side-effect is the bill; Paul Sarkis meditating on the half-empty/half-full state of human life in "The Glass"; and Bruce Serafin as an affluent grill-tender in "Rash". ("This resort's costing me $7000 a day and there ain't no fuckin' dolphins in the Caribbean like in the brochure; we're in litigation!")
Theatre One, in the basement of the Bates Arts Center, 731 Harrison Avenue, is four rows in front of a square stage with a dozen or so lights and a follow-spot. The intimate atmosphere is excellently suited to this Stanley B. Theatre production.