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Re: “In on It

I can highly recommend the current play at Man Bites Dog, "In On It." It runs through June 9th. It is emotional, gritty, fast and funny, with superlative wordsmithing swiftly laying down some worthy insights.

The people with whom I went did not enjoy it, as they never grasped which of many characters each of the 2 actors were playing at a given moment. So, if you go, it would help to know this: The play is about 2 male actors who are a couple, who refer to each other as 'this one' and 'that one.' 'This one' has written a play, a work in progress; the other acts out scenes of the play, then complains about the writing at the end of each vignette. The author then tries to show him how to do it, and acts out the next vignette. The play that is being worked on is about a man named Ray, old enough to have a grown son. You will meet Ray's son, his wife, the young son of his wife's lover, and his demented dad. Either actor may play any of these characters, so 'that one' could be Ray and 'this one' could be his wife, in one scene, then 'this one' might be Ray and 'that one' his son in the next. In their actual relationship, you will hear 'that one' deriding 'this one's' opera-loving friends, etc. The scenes flow forward orderly in time, as does the actual relationship of the two principals, though these plot lines are intermingled, so you have to recognize when the action shifts from the couple's lives, in which they are carping about each other, to that of Ray, and his wife, or son or Dad. If you can follow the coat, and the blue Mercedes, through time, you will reap marvelous rewards!

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Posted by Nathan J. on 05/30/2012 at 5:41 PM

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