Eat Drink Tell Your Friends presents a show featuring a colorful cast of handmade masks and puppets to tell a story about community, collective memory, and honoring the value of a physical record.
Meet Phyllis: She has run a photo development shop in her neighborhood for many years, but now the neighborhood is changing. Business is slow, and Phyllis must close up shop. In protest, boxes unpack themselves, floor tiles shake, and long-forgotten photographs burst to life. Part of The Tank’s Flint & Tinder series.
“A thought-provoking and unique theatrical experience…‘Photo & Supply’ uses puppetry to physicalize what gentrification means to shop owners—something extremely difficult to express in more typical mediums—and conveys this tragic message seamlessly and beautifully. The work, skill, and wide knowledge base creators Rachel Schapira and Ashur Rayis put into this production are apparent in every gesture, scene transition, and attention to detail."
“'Photo & Supply' is on its way to becoming something worthwhile. The vantage in which they're telling this story is unique. But there were some faults and flaws that pulled the show backward...The lighting and scenic design occasionally forced the illusion to break…There was daring craftsmanship but the puppets lacked a common vocabulary…A great example of the courageous work that comes through the Flint & Tinder series...But this one wasn’t as polished as it could have been."