THE 2001 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

August 10 through 26

 

sloe-eyed productions presents

DEBBIE DOES DALLAS

Directed by Brock Enright

 

The Players

Susan L. Schwartz - Allison Du Val - Ariel Sheldon - Renata Hinrichs

Theresa Young - Tonya Canada - Jill Madeo - Marian Heller - Gary Widlund

Tim Beemer - Matthew Armstrong - Ross Steeves - Bryant MacMillan

Jonathan Hyland - Adam Chandler - Theodore Bouloukos

 

SET DESIGN: Matthew Ronay

COSTUME DESIGN: Daphne Javitch

LIGHTING DESIGN: Jeff McCrum

SOUND ENGINEER: Ben Brantley

MUSICIANS: Marian Heller, Brian Collins, Matthew Ronay

STAGE MANAGER: Kevin Gillespie

ASM/PROPS: Stacey McMath

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Yolanda Thomas

RUNNING CREW: Catherine Wallach

 

Billed as a stage version of the 1970's porno film of the same name, this recreated DEBBIE DOES DALLAS would have been vitally served by a huge dose of adaptation, and a heavy hand on the verbatim reins.  What could have been a creative, innovative romp on the retro side is hopelessly choppy and incoherent.

 

Film and theater are, by nature, disparate realms.  Stories can cross their respective boundaries, but not unaltered.  A cheesy X flick, with the proverbial quick cuts and rapid scene changes works for that genre.  To copy that on stage, by playing out the slimmest of scenes, with changes of scenery, no less, makes no sense stylistically (even when the scene pieces, as here, are comic strip-like cardboard cutouts).  Theater should never seek to be film, and vice versa.

 

Had the originators of this project endeavored to adapt their source material rather than simply do a live recreation, this DEBBIE DOES DALLAS could be rather a winning jaunt.  There is much to amuse here, and some solid moments in spite of the quicksand foundation.

 

- Kessa De Santis -

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