NoExit Performance; Big Car Gallery;
directed by Michael Bachman; through March 5.
Brutal and beguiling, 4.48 Psychosis,
is not for the faint of heart, nor the thin-skinned of wrist. It’s
one of those plays that’s already in progress when you arrive
at the theater. No one comes out to welcome you, invite you turn off
your cell phone and note where the nearest exit awaits in case of
disaster. It’s just Georgeanna Smith, the central character in
this piece, staring at you as you come in. Making eye contact with
you as sit. And as you squirm.
Playwright Sarah Kane wrote this free
form poem — no stage directions, scenes or characters defined —
and, soon after, she killed herself. Suffice to say, if suicide has been
part of your world, then this play will either push the right buttons
or smash the wrong ones.
In a stunning performance, Georgeanna
Smith inhabits the pain, angst and occasional comedy of a psyche in
disintegration; she’s mesmerizing. Tommy Lewey is a fine
complement, choreographing the movement and appearing on stage with
Smith in various capacities: boyfriend, doctor, shadow.
The cast includes Matt Goodrich and
(NUVO contributor) Katelyn Coyne as a tapestry of voices that inhabit
the back of the theater — and the inside of the main
character’s mind. Director Michael Bachman makes sure the play
doesn’t last TOO long, and adds much-appreciated moments of
humor and relief throughout. Additional performances: Feb. 25, 26,
27; March 3, 4, 5.
For tickets and information: 339-0911.