THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE, I CAN FEEL IT.
By MICHAEL SMART
Adapted by J.J. LIND
The Tank @ Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St., NYC
November 2 through December 2, 2007
Directed by J.J.LIND
Video and Sound ROBERT RAMIREZ
Sets JARED LAWTON
Choreography LIZ VACCO
Costumes MAKI TAKENOUCHI
Publicity RON LASKO/SPIN CYCLE
Max Dana – Brady Jenkins – Ainna Manapat – Mai Ushiroku – Liz Vacco
Would that I could adequately describe the 55 minute journey, taken to the tunes of a little band you might have heard about called The Beatles, that is THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE, I CAN FEEL IT. The action takes place behind screens, is filmed, simultaneously projected, and accompanied by the kind of onscreen graphics reminiscent of grammar school assemblies. The plot, if I may be so bold to call it that, and which I can only articulate due to possession of the press release, is about a female flight attendant who becomes president under the Party of the Loosened Corset, and serves during a British invasion.
This is not to say that THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE does not have a point of view. It does. The operating theory appears to be to accentuate the inherent complexities, mixed messages and ultimate babble that politics can tend to be by having dueling voiceovers, blending messages of war and peace as a public versus a private ideal (disposition depending upon whether the action is "live" on the air or not), and offering no reason for the ascension to power by the stewardess at the center of it all.
All things are apparently open to interpretation. War. Peace. Politics. Entertainment. The invasion, while depicted as war, is also a reference to the cultural influences from Britain. Not only is all of the music played by The Beatles, but John and Yoko are characters in the piece. The political figures are more like 1960’s go-go dancers, and discourse has a drugged-tinged haze to it. Did I mention the choreography and singing?
While THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE might not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you will, it is what it is, unapologetically. Not much stranger than the real life wars and politics we live with…
- Kessa De Santis -