|Photo Credit: Jeff Adelberg|
The "random events" that make up a life are never easily understood, followed, or sensibly arranged, and neither are the characters and events of The Hotel Nepenthe. While following along might frustrate the linear minded theater-goer, this show clues us in at the start that we're in for a different kind of ride. In the opening moments, Kuntz and company parody the warnings and advice of an airline stewardess, asking the audience to "keep the tray table in an upright and locked position", "silence and turn off all electronic devices", and the women gesture to the lavatories while John Kuntz himself warns us that "you better have gone before because there's no intermission". And we're off on a flight of fancy through the corridors, rooms, taxis roads and bus rides of The Hotel Nepenthe. Like most of John's plays, there is an overload of pop culture references, 60's and 70s television theme songs, recurring character names that may or may not signal connections, and an epilogue that anyone who knew John in the 80s and 90s ... well, any time at any party, will recognize as a thematic dance poem, a story in movement that exemplifies the joy and glee with which he entertains us and himself.
|Photo Credit: David Gammons|
Presented by the Emerging America Festival, Thursday June 21 at 7:30 and 10:30, Friday June 22 at 8:00, Saturday June 23 at 2:00 and 8:00, and Sunday June 24 at 2:00. Individual tickets ($25)and Festival Passes ($50-$85) available at www.emergingamericafestival.com/tickets.html.