Monday, August 22, 2005

WORD INFIRMA: THE CRIMINAL

SHOW TITLE: WORD INFIRMA: THE CRIMINAL
RUNNING TIME: 1h 15m
VENUE: The Flea
GENRE: Drama / Performance Art
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: No

RATING (0-4): 3

RATING SCALE:

0 Run, don’t walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don’t miss this one its FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

I was surprised that this was a one man show, I had imagined it was multiple actors – however, Perri Yaniv did a wonderful job of not only collecting this dialogue from prisoners and prison employees in Missouri, but he played each character as well. There is something very academic about both the presentation and the performance however, and I was not surprised to find that this had been Mr. Yaniv’s thesis project. I wish there was some kind of framing device on the piece so you knew what you were seeing before it was over and you could read the program notes. On a performance note, some of the characterizations were not easily distinguished from each other so at times you weren’t sure who was speaking, but overall, this was a meaningful and thoughtful piece.

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

Could continue to evolve. Needs more structure and a thoroughly unifying line.

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