By ERIC SANDERS
At the 2007 CROWN POINT FESTIVAL
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., NYC
Festival: October 27 – November 17, 2007
IXOMIA: November 1, 4, 6 and 10
Reviewed 11/1, program including the short films MOUSEHOLES and POTL, and live musical performance by Katie Eastburn
Directed by STEPHEN BRACKETT
Sets NICK VAUGHAN
Costumes CANDICE THOMPSON
Sound SHARATH PATEL
Animations Designer GINO BARZIZZA
Adam Belvo – Estelle Collins – Jared Culverhouse – Danny DeFerrari
Hadley Fitzgerald – Orion Taraban – Phillip Taratula
Sarah Turner – Cole Wimpee
Eric Sanders’ IXOMIA is featured during four performances of the multimedia events collectively called the Crown Point Festival. Likened by the playwright to an Our Town on acid, IXOMIA tells the tale of a small town visited by Satan on the eve of the first democratic elections.
Satan, in the form of a little girl who "likes it from behind" and sometimes dons a death mask, tempts the pollster from his post just as night falls. The elections are looming, but something much more unusual than the democratic voting process is visited upon IXOMIA. Death, illness, random acts of destruction and unspeakable atrocities overtake the cornfields in a lively yet coherent production directed by Stephen Brackett.
Awash in an animated backdrop, complete with a center piece of scenery that represents the exteriors, interiors, roofs and even a basement in the fictional town of IXOMIA, a frenzied group of actors running about the stage as they are confronted with mounting doom and destruction, accompanied all the while by a narrator who reads the stage directions, this naughty homage to Thornton Wilder is peppered with witty one-liners and decidedly deliberate over the top machinations.
IXOMIA is being performed at the November 1, 4, 6 and 10 incarnations of the Crown Point Festival. Each evening’s program also includes films and live musical.
- Kessa De Santis -