Monday, March 18, 2019

Weekly Margin 2019, W11: Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Jack & Melissa Present

3/14/19: Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
What: Taylor Mac's newest play, a dark comedy about three servants (a clown, a maid, a midwife) left to clean up the mess of Titus Andronicus.
And? This was my first Taylor Mac, and I really wish I'd been able to catch the much-lauded 24-Decade History of Popular Music, because this one didn't work for me. The humor is at least a third scatological, which isn't my favorite, and I found the design for the stacks of corpses (deliberately not-realistic-looking oversized cloth dolls), a mass of gray limbs, too reminiscent of images I've seen of concentration camp mass graves. Which, while the show does engage with some of the tragedy of Titus (mostly regarding Lavinia), it's more interested in other elements, and I can't think this was a deliberately conscious evocation. I'm sure some people are engaging with this show and getting a lot out of it, but I never keyed in.

Nathan Lane as Gary. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

3/15/19: Jack & Melissa Present
What: Jack and Melissa, a real-life couple and comedy duo performing an evening of sketch comedy and music.
And? It's been a while since I got to see my friend Jack perform, and he and his partner Melissa are delightfully absurd, strange, and engaging. I was happy to see, as a few interstitials, some of their web characters making cameos.

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