Sean Kelly invited me to see the show he so deftly directed, Psychonaut Librarians and as a bonus, I got to see, Dani Bryant's Last Meal Man and the intriguing, How We Do devised by Beatrice Bosco and Lloyd Brodnax King.
Kelly's lively Pyschonaut Librarians
kept the action moving - quite literally and even had a monster floating around the stage! Broadway would have been proud of his artful and clever staging. thenewcolony.org
Dani Bryant's brilliant Last Meal Man
played like quixotic soliloquies about North America's favorite pastime, food
. Hellah fresh. Strong performances by her fine cast made every ludicrous, funny, poignant and odd moment truly believable. I liked the shot of whiskey that was butlered by the actor who played the actual Last Meal Man. I wish that Bryant would cook up Foodical the Musical
, telling her stories through food and
music. But in lieu of that, check out her upcoming cycle of foodie plays: www.pantriesinabind.com www.walkabouttheater.org
How We Do
was highly experimental. It shape-shifted a number of times. My favorite part was when Joel Kim Booster thenewcolony.org/people/joel_kim_booster
interviewed a random audience member and then another actor (gosh - I am so sorry, but I don't know who you were! All I could identify was that you were a caucasian female who did an excellent job!) summarized the interaction in an hilarious recap. I won't be able to do it justice - but it went something like this: audience member dude talked about a failed relationship. Apparently, his girl didn't accept him as he was. The translation that the actor came up with after Booster asked him various questions was great - the guy didn't have much to say about it all - which she explained was him exercising his right to his perspective - that he was always the same person and in his lack of recalling the ex-girlfriend, he did not have any use for her rejection of what she had signed up for in the first place. Touche. It was an amazing story within the story - along with other stories and song and dance going on. It all worked and it was very entertaining. Chicago theater keeps impressing me more and more...