Part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, this solo show features director, designer and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips as he takes a trip around the world through story, armed with a chair, a table, and a bar of lights. More…
The itinerary: a worse-for-wear Communist-era train traveling from Prague to Belgrade; the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to Heathrow; and 15 other border crossings recreated by theater director, designer, and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips. A chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries in this engrossing look at the perplexing ins and outs of our fragile right of passage.
See it if performance appeals more than clear storytelling and messaging in a one person performance piece
Don't see it if you are impatient with pastiche approaches and time spent waiting for insights that enlighten and enliven
See it if you like solo performer shows. The staging is very creative and the lead does a good job of becoming multiple characters.
Don't see it if you have high expectations for a play that addresses border crossings. Some of the crossings are thought-provoking, others are just boring.
See it if You like one-person performance art. While the performance has its moments it lacks a thematic thread or cohesive narrative.
Don't see it if You don't like one-person performance art. Also, the overwhelmingly poor lighting design made it nearly impossible to watch the show.