Pick Up Performance Co(s) presents the world premiere of Ain Gordon's celebration of the seminal but forgotten figures he met while coming of age on NYC's artistic gay fringe scene of the '70s and '80s. More…
'Radicals in Miniature' is co-created with composer/percussionist Josh Quillen, who brings his own Ohio panoply of ghosts to the stage. Together, Gordon and Quillen poetically explore the influence of these undersung characters, who endured the AIDS crisis of the '80s, and propelled "alternative" culture forward, including punk drummer David Hahn, dance reveler Elaine Shipman, club performer John Sex, and disco artist Sylvester.
“A furtive heartbreaker of a piece…The talents of Mr. Gordon have rarely been in doubt. His style is intense, sardonic, philosophical, with a tendency to skitter away from the spotlight…This is autobiography disguised as séance, masquerading as eulogy, camouflaged as performance. As performance, it could use more order and less fidgeting. ‘Radicals in Miniature’ works best when Mr. Gordon shakes off intellectual notions and formal concerns and quietly sings a snatch of disco.” Full Review
"Gordon and his 'Miniature' co-creator Josh Quillen reveal this quirky and heartfelt production’s modus operandi, of small details held and buffed until they illuminate the lives of the overlooked and un-famous...Some stories were more moving than others and some of the underscored phrases and images remained mysterious for why they were chosen. But Gordon and Quillen are an engaging pair as they slowly head towards a softly thundering conclusion." Full Review
See it if you recall people who acted as guides to the person you've become. Tiny portraits made of music, odd objects & stories deeply engage viewers
Don't see it if you are looking for a characters who interact. The stories combine to suggest a period in time & the nature of the tellers but not a play.
See it if you are interested in the history of New York's downtown culture- theater, music, dance, visual art- and the confluences of its creators.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy hearing personal stories and seeing how they reverberate with greater universal themes.
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