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    Double trouble

    Two plays are merged into one video/theater production in the boundary-pushing "Flicker."


    Part play, part video production, "Flicker" takes a challenging approach to the medium of theater. Two stories unfold here. One is the tale of four friends on their way to a party who get lost in the woods while driving and find themselves stalked by a knife-wielding maniac. The other is the story of Jeff, who likes to videotape people, and his latest subject, Justin, who recently attempted suicide and is now crashing with Vivian, who was once involved with Jeff and doesn't have a single nice thing to say about him.

    Directed by: Caden Manson.
    Cast: Vivian Bang, Rebecca Sumner Burgos, Justin Christopher, David Commander. Cary Curran, Tommy Lonardo, Amy Miley and Jeff Randall.
    P.S. 122
    150 First Ave. at 9th St.
    Jan. 3 - Feb. 3, 2002

    There's a screen stretched across the stage on which the action gets projected, and right behind that you see the actors and the handheld cameras that convey the action.

    The actors in the lost-in-the-woods scenes effectively convey a sense of panic and hysteria as they each meet their doom. The Jeff and Justin scenes are intriguing and very David Lynchian, and Vivian Bang is outstanding as the bile-filled Vivian. You really want to know more about why these characters are doing what they're doing, but it's fun to watch the actors as they go through quick costume changes and the ending is very satisfying. "Flicker" is a multimedia treat.

    JANUARY 27, 2002

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