When: Sat., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 9 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m. 2011
Main Street Artists' are putting a new spin on Ionesco's absurdist classic, The Chairs. Making laughter the center of nothingness, this tragic farce gets more farce than tragic. The characters are portrayed as Vaudeville-era clowns, more hinting at the futility of human existence.
The riskiest performance of my 2011 IndyFringe experience, The Chairs is Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist farce about an elderly couple (Julie Lyn Barber and Darrin Murrell) who alternately drift through a past that blends fact and fiction and fumble through a fully imaginary present. It is billed as “uproarious vaudeville,” and while someone in the first row Saturday got the giggles, it seemed to me that Chairs, at its best, is a painful portrayal of minds meandering. If you’ve seen it in real life, you’ll recognize it here. - Josefa Beyer
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12