Audience: Kate Norwood

Jun

SAM SHEPARD & JOSEPH CHAIKIN'S SAVAGE LOVE

This play is a babbling brook of subtle emotions brought to life by a glorious collaboration of inspired artists. It's sensational lead, Adam Navas, delivers a nuanced performance as a man experiencing all the joys, angst and insecurity of romantic love through a series of poetic monologues. His words float in the air while dancer/choreographer Sarah Polednak molds them with her articulate body into scenes we can recognize from our own relationships. Meanwhile, Zo Haynes gives us the passing of time with her beautiful lighting design and musician Crash Richards steals our hearts with his moody original score. This play feels like a sad dream in a warm bed, a good cry in a bubble bath and betrayal delivered with laundry, straight out of the dryer. Definitely see it. Definitely love it. Definitely invite someone you love to see it with you.

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Jun

SAM SHEPARD & PATTI SMITH'S COWBOY MOUTH

This irreverent and sensual play takes you inside the physical body of Sam Shepard and Patti Smith's grotesque and recklessly poetic relationship. The actors are raw and courageous as they navigate this delirious journey through the hell of a spiraling dream. With graffiti and plastic all over the stage, the featured dancers are a beautiful contrast. Their choreography highlights important guttural threads in the text, when the actor's emotions might distract us from them. They also serve as protectors who, during a sex scene, dance down stage of the actors, giving them the privacy they can't give themselves. This short play also packs a punch with explosive drumming, rough raggedy singing and electric guitar strumming from its lead actor. The lead actress is both tender and fierce with a wild precision and tears that stream easily from her eyes like blood from a wound. Then there's The Lobster Man, who is as fun a surprise as he is a delicate shining heart in the dark dream of this play. Overall, a brilliant collaboration of artists brought together by a seasoned and fearless director. This is definitely a play worth experiencing, especially in celebration of the recently departed Sam Shepard.

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