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    Calabi Yau

    The play's the string

    The mind-bending "Calabi Yau" takes to the subways to try to explain string theory and other mathematical arcana.


    A meditation on the very essence of matter is of the order with this play by Susanna Speier ("Greenland Y2K"), which employs both live action and video to tell its heavy thinking tale.

    Full title: Calabi Yau, aka What the Fuck Is String Theory.
    Written and directed by: Susanna Speier.
    Cast: Michael Kraskin, Hai Ting Chinn, John S. Hall, Rob Grace, Pamela Karp, Tom Pearl, Susanna Speier, James Urbaniak.
    Video directed by: Tony Torn.
    145 Sixth Ave.
    March 15 - April 7, 2002

    A young documentarian gets lost on the subway tracks and somewhat kidnapped by two MTA workers who want him to explain string theory to them. They take him to visit Lucy and Grandpa, who talks a lot about an archaeologist who was on a significant dig at around the time of the documentarian's birth.

    Background information about string theory and Alexander the Great gets relayed to the audience through the vocal stylings of Hai Ting Chinn, who has an accomplished voice. King Missile frontman John S. Hall also appears periodically and puts string theory in layman's terms that use a lot of poetic license.

    When you're watching the young documentarian (Rob Grace) interact with the MTA workers (Pamela Karp and Tom Pearl), who appear via video, you may find yourself wating for the actors to miss a cue (which they didn't during the performance I saw).

    They play is economicallly surreal and a litttle dense. If you're a science hound, you'll probably enjoy it, if you're not, it may just make your head spin.

    MARCH 21, 2002

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