13 August 2016
Raiding the house of celebrated artist Janet Adler, actor and her cameraman encounter the artist’s surviving lover, Gibb. And that description is the most conventional aspect of this show.
The cast mainly face the audience, a young girl is delivered instructions through headphones, and she hands props to the actors. She also becomes a dog beaten to death and the corpse of Adler.
A student delivers her paper about the artist and a woman appears to be recording the event at the back of the stage. It will test your patience, especially in the first glacially paced section. Then the play clicked in my brain. It’s an attack on how Hollywood loots the truth for dramatic purposes, a satire on Method acting and the relentless pursuit of Oscar glory. It also brilliantly lampoons the contemporary art world.
Challenging and intellectual, performed by a disciplined ensemble, this is what fringe theatre should be. You will either love it or hate it, but it is so worth seeing. It may not be appropriate to call a play bat shit crazy brilliant- but it is!