SHOW: The Momentum
ATTENDED: Sat., Sept. 7, 4 p.m., First Unitarian Church
CLOSES: Sat., Sept. 14
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: "CollaborationTown is going to change your life when we fulfill our vibrational destinies together with THE MOMENTUM, a self-help-sploitation that asks: Unhappy? Listless? Broke? Alone? Depressed? Shoeless? Let its Laws of Attraction massage your vibrations and pull you into the Gaping Hole of Momentum."
O'Donnel and fellow cast members/The Momentum creators Boo Kilebrew and Jordan Seavey moved excitedly around a small set consisting of only three chairs and a trashcan. With such a limited set, the characters provided all the fanfare with short choreographed routines, a song and personal monologues making light of money, employment, health, happiness, love and forgiveness, employing many ridiculous bumper-sticker mantras and self-help clichés. (Example: "Life isn't about the breaths you take, it's about the moments that take your breath away.")
There was no shortage of existential plight in the lives of their characters, and the use of silly, tired phrases helped to show how trivial these everyday and sometimes selfish our deepest concerns can be. Yet by the play's end, each member had delivered an emotionally engaging monologue revolving around such quotidian, and therefore, universal issues. Like most of the play, the honesty dripping from these monologues came out of left field. Nevertheless, the transition between the more comedic and absurd first half and the more serious second felt appropriately abrupt -- the way moments that take your breath away often do. (Or at least the moments that cause you to understand and laugh at the ridiculousness of your own situation.)
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