The play's the string
The mind-bending "Calabi Yau" takes to the subways to try to explain string theory and other mathematical arcana.
By ROBIN EISGRAU
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.
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.
|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
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
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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