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The Duchamp Syndrome

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This new play tells the story of Juan, a solitary immigrant in The Big Apple who dreams of stand-up comedy stardom. More…

An unusual assortment of fellow travelers, human and not, help him practice routines and prepare for his mother’s visit from Mexico (if she can get a visa). He’s got to impress. But is he being honest with her, and himself, about the new life he’s making? Antonio Vega has crafted a provocative love letter to New York, with guest appearances from a large cast of repurposed household objects.

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May 15th, 2015
"Peopled with many puppets designed by Mr. Vega, this is a busy show with quiet flashes of grace. But it goes flat for longish stretches, and the narrative is not always clear. A video camera used to give close-up views of tiny objects often doesn’t get us close enough....It isn’t meant to make y...
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May 10th, 2015
"The show sometimes feels unfocused, with Vega leaping from scene to scene like a hyperactive five-year-old. This schtick has the potential to become quite irritating with a less sympathetic performer. It never does with Vega. One suspects that muscular editing from the director has a lot to do w...
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May 11th, 2015
"I think I can safely guarantee that you've never seen anything like this oddball mélange of standup comedy, puppetry, and Kafka's Metamorphosis, all in the service of a funny, fantastical tale...Not everything in the show works - there are occasional dry stretches - but for the most part, 'The D...
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May 15th, 2015
"This is by no means a 'tight' 90 minutes and has none of the snappiness that might aid Juan in his stand-up routine. Vega nonetheless exhibits his own enthusiastic charm and is ably supported by the physically adept Sade. 'The Duchamp Syndrome' is a quirky, contemplative comedy, underpinned with...
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