A little more than a week ago, an envelope with no return address arrived in the mail. Just another letter bomb, I figured—until I opened it and found two black and white playing cards, and nothing more. Thin, and distinctly reminiscent of the macabre style of the late Edward Gorey, both directed me to a website—thelostdeck.com—which proved to be a promotional site (and game) connected with this Manbites Dog Theater production.
Makes sense.70 Scenesis something of a theatrical deck of cards itself, a series of short tableaus capable of telling different stories depending on how they're rearranged. Since we don't know what sequence co-directors Akiva Fox and Adam Sobsey have decided upon, let's focus on what we do know: In this revival of Manbites Dog's first production, which was staged in a downtown Durham storefront in 1987, a not-that-happy couple finds themselves increasingly menaced on Halloween night. (From without? From within? That would be telling. Plus a lot depends on how the cards turn up.)
Emily Hill, Carl Martin, Amber Wood and Dan VanHoozer play the couple—and some possibly uninvited guests. Thursday's opening is pay-what-you-can (door sales only $5 minimum); tickets for the rest of the run through Dec. 15 are are $5–$17. —Byron Woods