Good old Hurricane Earl forced the closure of all but two plays yesterday, but as luck would have, it they were both winners!
Back in 1916, a New York newspaper columnist named Don Marquis introduced Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the free-spirited cat to the world. Archy, who claimed to be a reincarnated poet and thus was qualified to comment upon both the human and insect worlds, supposedly left free verse social commentary on Marquis’ typewriter at night. Jeff Culbert does a remarkable job bringing these beautifully rendered words to the stage as he transforms himself into the lovable (yes, lovable) cockroach, the scrappy cat, a philosophical ant and even a tongue-tied worm who eventually finds himself celebrating his role as a robin’s meal. This is what the Fringe is all about folks: tiny, perfect theatrical gems that will shine in your memory.
I love the concept of Breaking Point. It’s easy to relate to the theme of a young man who feels familial pressure to conform and succeed, and I think it’s brilliant to explore it by placing him in a family of torturers rather then say, doctors or teachers. I love that the writer didn’t feel it was necessary to explain why people can make a career or torturing others, or why the victims are so Zen about their fate. I love the performances by the actors in this play. They had the commitment and energy of youth combined with a confidence-inspiring professionalism. I loved this play.
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