Wednesday, December 03, 2008

New Review: Cape Disappointment

For New York Press.

Here's the tease:

Do theater artists ever consider critics when picking titles? The Debate Society’s Cape Disappointment is precisely what I mean—it’s the kind of title that’s tantamount to putting a fresh carcass before a starving dog.Yet the 70-minute piece is anything but disappointing. Cape Overachieving might have been better.

This is the fourth full-length work by the Brooklyn-based company, which has established a reputation for toying with ideas around deconstruction without hurling at the audience all the academic baggage and intellectual gobbledygook that usually comes along with it. Here, the two performer-creators that anchor the group, Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, together with director Oliver Butler, examine the phenomenon of the drive-in movie in order to satirize and mourn the paltry state of our nation.

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