Staging a Happening used to be straightforward. To jangle the audience out of the role of The Observer, you redefined art from what-I-the-Artist-do-up-here into what-is-happening-between-you-
(SOME) LOVE AND (SOME) INFORMATION, directed by Headlong’s Amy Smith, does it with a simple gesture – an invitation. The whole room is a giant performance space (it feels like a squat, with mattresses and beanbags scattered on the floor). In the beginning, the audience mingles with the actors, who crook a finger and whisper secrets one-on-one. Soon, we’re a cheering crowd at a dance club, and then a regular audience. Our role changes throughout the performance, just like in real life. As the actors repeat lines spoken earlier and repurpose fragments of scenes into different contexts, we keep up because they keep beckoning us to follow along. In the end, the show pulls off the damnedest feat – it makes an incredibly mediated world feel immediate and real. [Caplan Studio Theater at University of the Arts] September 4-7, 2014; http://fringearts.com/event/some-love-and-some-information.