GENRE: Performance comedy
GROUP: Tribe of Fools
ATTENDED: Sun., 7 p.m., Sept. 8, Church of the Crucifixion
CLOSES: Sept. 14
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Do you hate the Parking Authority? Antihero is one man's quest to topple this corrupt institution… with his fists. Filled with fighting, parkour, and acrobatics, Antihero is a satire about our cultural obsession with vigilantes, violence, and heroes who do the wrong things for the ‘right’ reasons”
WE THINK: The company behind the South Philly-centric Fringe fave Heavy Metal Dance Fag tries its hand at lampooning the angst which made Parking Wars famous, the personal heartbreak and the public fury behind this city’s most hated institution. For Terry Brennan — the head Fool who directed and co-wrote Antihero with liberal additional texts from his ensemble — the problem with parking tickets gets its second, not-always-silly narrative from the weird levels of machismo wound through comic-book culture (Batman vs. Superman principally), feminist on-lookers to such superhero spectacle, and the Travis Bickle-like role of those who take all matters of injustice into their own hands. Add in doses of cartoon violent Matrix-ish fight choreography, hilariously cheap sets loudly moved about by its Ninja crew, absurdly laugh-out-line monologues mixed with awkwardly obvious truths, Kyle Yackoski’s mustache-and-shorts costume, and the ditziest hip-hop tap dance ever, and you’ve got another bold winner from this Tribe.
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