Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop presents two short stories by Obie-winning playwright Mac Wellman adapted for the stage, each telling a tale of the imagined inhabitants of real asteroids that have been split apart.
Astrological disturbances split asteroids apart. Loved ones are wrenched from one another and these asteroidal inhabitants soon forget they once lived as one world. How do you deal with aliens when you feel alienated yourself? Mass amnesia buries their shared history, and it seems impossible that these estranged neighbors ever coexisted peacefully. Will they now be able to reach across borders and share a world of difference? Live music and an installation-style production design coalesce into a vibrant and deliriously theatrical event as Wellman’s hysterical verbal acrobatics lay bare the madness of our own small world.
See it if you love sci-fi. Highly imaginative solo stories, well-performed w/band accompaniment. Funny, strange, eerie, astonishing, ethereal moments.
Don't see it if you want coherence. Altho the worlds are well-depicted, the message is unclear. ACOM is journey (not destination). Mesmerizing, but long.
See it if Storyteller with four musicians recites weird poetic tale. I enjoyed the creative ambient music, the lighting, and the two worlds.
Don't see it if The stories are strange and difficult to follow. I found myself lulled into a trance by the overall effect.
See it if Dense, imaginative & head-scratching short works by Wellman set to mesmerizing scores Hard work & intense focus provides results w/acting A+
Don't see it if Wellman is an acquired taste & often provides more frustration than pleasure Pieces exert a hypnotic pull thru music & rich linguistics
See it if Like 1-person telling an outlandish and creative out-of-world story w live music alongside. You sorta hafta be in the mood for this one.
Don't see it if You only like traditional theater, don't like sci-fi, accept that some parts are squirm-inducing. Some moments thrilled, but mostly, ouch.
See it if you're a fan of Wellman's odd, incantatory, language drunk sensibility; you like seeing literature staged; you're willing to listen intently
Don't see it if Non-theatrical text annoys you (though Wellman is credited as playwright, these are verbatim excerpts from a recent short story collection)
See it if Strange stories from inhabitants on other worlds relating their memories, co-existences (not unlike ours), while using language creatively
Don't see it if Following non-continuous and concocted notions is not a easy path to follow
See it if to pay respect to Mac Wellman. He probably doesn't deserve this sort of treatment though.
Don't see it if Two short stories. Despite the description, no adaptation has been made to the text for the stage, this is just solo readings with music.
See it if You love words, words, words..... as Shakespeare said...
Don't see it if You are looking for something dinamic, or you like shows with story, in the Aristotelian way...
See it if You like podcasts. This felt like a live recording of a podcast. There was zero narrative action at all.
Don't see it if You hate experimental theatre or you need to understand everything that happens in a show.
See it if enjoy listening to two- 45 minute monologues filled with nebulous disjointed SAT vocabulary- (with live music which was quite enjoyable)
Don't see it if don't like Bizarre and would like to understand the story. Prefer a typical theater with a real stage. unable to climb flight of stairs.
See it if You love Sci-Fi, long monologues, live music (piano, percussion, trumpet, and guitar), and plays adapted from books.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with cavalier descriptions of murder and suicide. You prefer cohesive storylines.
See it if you enjoy being left out of the joke
Don't see it if you expect to derive feeling from a show. Extremely cerebral, literary, but just not interesting