[76] BASTARD PIECE (No Face Performance Group): Fringe review

bastard-piece-no-face-performanceYou are in a spacey kind of facility thing. It’s all white in there, with some technological lookin’ kinda lights. There are three doors; soon, there are three actors, too. One is dangling from a doorknob, while another is posing like a dog and the other throws himself around the room, humming a tune that you can’t quite place, but definitely know. Different-colored lights beam into the room at crazy angles. Then someone looks at a photograph and struggles with a deeply personal story about when they were six and let go of a balloon.

Bastard Piece flirts. It makes you wonder why you came to see it. Its playing styles range from exuberant to listless. Yet it’s when the actors are dragging their feet that this crazy static tension builds until everyone is throwing themselves into a choreographed dance to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen: step step kick turn leap land kick turn; then, just as quickly, they’re off doing their own things again, petering around the room or throwing photos at a fan. BASTARD PIECE is wholeheartedly halfhearted. It explores the fine line shared by outrageous and understated, clownish and genuine. [Pig Iron Studio 2 at Crane Old School]. September 11- 21, 2013, fringearts.ticketleap.com/bastard-piece/.

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