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Apr 5, 2010 arnoklein commented on Many Mansions.
Both poignant and humorous, Winky raises significant issues in a personal manner and challenges the audience in the manner of all great art; revealing its treasures to those who are willing to take the journey to discover the rich layers of subtext and the way the play's innovative staging resonates with the work's thematic structure.

The long speeches that close the show are punctuated by inventive projection of images, ephemeral characters, and puppets, and only critics and playgoers with a TV attention-span could possibly find these beautifully written and deftly performed monologues overlong. I suggest that anyone with a true love for meaningful theatre will find the elements that are misunderstood by some to be the very heart of what makes this production stand in shining contrast to much of the tame, albeit well-executed, work that is more usually seen locally.

That said, Winky is ultimately a richly accessible play, and remarkably acted and constructed so that the satire and absurd humor is never at the expense of the pathos of the two main characters' underlying humanity.
Dec 11, 2009 arnoklein commented on The A.W.A.R.D. Show.
This is a much needed and invaluable event! It's important that artists learn to openly compete so they can successfully be integrated into society. Too often values such as cooperation and community cloud the artist's ability to effectively get ahead by proving themselves superior to their fellow artists, and thus more worthy of economic spoils (and the attendant fame) than their competitors. Artists must realize that their art is a commodity, and make every effort to increase their visibility and share of the market.

While an event like this could still have had the audience pick a winner for the fun of it while awarding the money to all the companies to create a collaborative piece, it’s much better to see artists go head-to-head in battle for the gold! Hopefully OtB will take this concept to the next level by offering Dancer Death Matches, where dancers are caged like pro wrestlers and engage in physical combat. But, unlike the wrestling community, where wrestlers are actually actors who work together, this competition is for real. Bring it on!!!!
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Nov 22, 2009 arnoklein commented on The Believers: Experimental-Theater Fail.

Since you cannot answer the questions, Mr Kiley:

1) The show is trying to provoke the audience to question our concepts of identity and societal expectations, the nature of our perception and how it is mediated by culture and mass entertainment, and pay homage to the absurd theater tradition (you missed the reference to Ionesco's The Chairs apparently) while having fun with metaphysics and reminding us that there may be an authentic self underneath the layers of the stories that we have been taught and internalized.

2) Yes, the show largely succeeds despite a few moments when the concept and connection between the actors doesn’t quite work. On the whole the inventive staging, and always intriguing and provocative and witty dialogue is powerfully effective (the audience of 25 or so on closing night laughed and gave the show a rousing round of appreciation). The show even mocks the idea of taking itself too seriously by saying that asking the question What is reality takes people away from the real, suggesting that our safe artistic and philosophical excursions into the nature of truth are ultimately merely diversions from the real thing. The visual ending is as emotionally resonant as any narrative-driven work and deeply moving.

3) It was infinitely worth seeing, and therefore worth doing. One can only be deeply grateful that within the often generic local theater scene of pat cutesy material posing as meaningful (Artifacts of Inconsequence), or interpretations of Albee’s Zoo Story so misguided and off-base that one imagines them doing Hamlet by having the actors imitate characters from Family Guy and take it seriously, there is a shining light of inventive imagination, dynamic and courageous acting, and beautifully realized production. My only regret is that critical ignorance influenced me to wait until the show’s final day and so I can only tell a story about what I saw. Which may be, after all, in keeping with the play.