Abrons Arts Center presents this multimedia sci-fi misadventure of secret agents and seductresses. More…
Mesmeric whispers fill the air, lighters flash, linens are folded, and a super computer is foiled. It is 17 minutes past midnight, Oceanic Time. In a theater of sorts, a show is about to begin. There is an occasional flicker of light, a sonic shudder, an atmosphere of electronic energy. Conjuring a live cine-performance through the interplay of otherworldly video, music, sound, and technology, 'Why Why Always' exists in the space where Alphaville meets ASMR.
“Jean-Luc Godard’s 'Alphaville' meets the ASMR phenomenon in Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty’s multimedia futuristic sci-fi noir...Irons and Petty reimagine the story using multiple monitors and cameras, live feeds and pre-recorded scenes, overlapping dialogue, disembodied voices, mirrors and scrims, and more, in black-and-white and color...It will keep you calmly stimulated and entertained throughout its ninety-minute running time.” Full Review
“Irons and Petty have attempted to translate Godard’s imagination to the stage...'Why Why Always' quotes 'Alphaville' in its clever use of live film projected on a scrim or the back wall...But this mixture of abstract multimedia and dialogue that was meant for film rather than the stage leaves any audience member unfamiliar with 'Alphaville' completely and utterly lost...'Why Why Always’ may leave people unengaged and uninterested in the story it tries to tell.” Full Review
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