Inanimate: A Sign of True Love
By Ross for frontmezzjunkies.com
So often we speak of Love as a sign. A sign for something important, a warning, or maybe even an invitation. But what if the sign is exactly that, a sign on a tall metal pole making your heart ache? A hotel sign or maybe a Dairy Queen sign. And what if that sign is the object of sexual desire, adoration, and affection. What if it is true love? Literally. What would people think? How would they make sense of it? What would they try to do? And how would all this be like for the human counterpart?
These are some, but definitely not all, the questions that are proposed in The Flea’s first production inside their new and quite beautiful theatre. Inanimate by playwright, Nick Robideau (Pipeline Theatre Company’s Robot Heaven, Title:Point’s The Sampo), dares to challenge us to see past the bizarreness and into the humanity of a love that would have even the most liberal minded scratch their head. The heroine, Erica, played with a jittery intensity by the magnificent Lacy Allen (BOOM’s Thin Mints) is that love/obsessed woman transfixed by Dee, the Dairy Queen sign, humanized in a fun and imaginative performance by Philip Feldman (The Flea’s The Trojan Women). He’s sensual and engaging, and his energy is definitely male so says Erica. They are a match made in the heavenly parking lot, and nothing will come between them.
Once she acknowledges to herself that this love is a love worth speaking out loud, everyday objects start conversing with her, quite literally, sometimes loudly, and tonally sexual, talking in a language that is more about passion than words and phrases. These objects, such as a teddy bear and a can opener, among other things, are embodied by the flexible and creative team of actors (Artem Kreimer, Nancy Tatiana Quintana, Michael Oloyede) who also do double or triple duty as neighbors, reporters, and other such judgmental residents of this small Massachusetts town that have no problem being as vocal as Erika’s lamp. (for the full review, click here)
Posted on September 18, 2017