SHOW: Bastard Piece
GROUP: No Face Performance Group
ATTENDED: Thu., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Pig Iron School Studio at Crane Old School
CLOSES: Sept. 21
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “In a basement, down a hall, behind a door that wasn’t there, and endless parade of stunted reminiscences drifts through the bodies of three performers.”
WE THINK: This was billed originally as spaceplay, a No Faces Performance Group piece that we’ll hopefully see another time. Bastard Piece — the title suggests something thrown together hastily, but the show does not — is an engaging dance-theater meditation about doubling and tripling, an often-amusing collage of clever and adroit moments that build to something very warm and comforting.
Much is made of the performers’ different sizes early on: Jaime Maseda (tall), Mark McCloughan (medium), and Magda San Millan (short) are all bearded and wearing brown, and socks, no shoes. When they tote out electric fans and keyboards, each one’s corresponds to his or her relative size — and the smallest is always rejected. The action moves to Queen’s "Don’t Stop Me Now," and searches for identity in old photos.
No Face uses a Pig Iron School classroom, seating just 20 in a semi-circle so that most of the white-walled basement room is playing area. It’s a fresh, fun example of the great things that happen in FringeArts’ many little rooms.
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