Two's a Crowd

Local exhibitionists throw a party of one in Intermedia Arts' "Absolute Originals"

Didn't Your Mother Ever Tell You Not to Make Plays With Your Food?

Paul Herwig, a local actor trained in the same Parisian school as the Theatre de la Jeune Lune folks, introduces us to Mr. Cheese, the Banana Brothers, and Mike the Melon Peel in Dessert, a comic glimpse into the gestalt of a buffet. In a different key, Herwig will also perform The Griffin, an original play about a mythological beast with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. "It's sort of hypertheatrical," Herwig promises. "People who watch a lot of TV probably shouldn't come. Plus, it's Greek tragedy, so everybody dies." 9:30 Thursday, Feb. 24 and 7:30 Sunday, Feb. 27.

Just Because You're
Paranoid, Redux...

A few years ago, while playing with his kids in the park, local writer/actor Matthew Vaky struck up a conversation with a pleasant-looking gentleman on a bench. "Did you hear about the Hubble Telescope?" the man asked. "It's supposed to find out where we come from, but it has faulty mirrors. How can we know where we come from without mirrors?" Vaky contemplated the idea, assuming it to be some rather profound metaphor for our human condition. "Then I noticed that the guy had a half-eaten banana sticking out of his pocket and mud all over his suit. He said, 'You know, it's a conspiracy.' And I went, 'Well, I should probably be going now.'" Brief as the exchange was, Vaky saw the kernel of comedy; his The Bench Play lampoons our infatuation with far-flung cabals, from Christopher Columbus's Mafia connections to the second Abraham Lincoln assassin "hiding behind the glassy pole." "Everything is connected," Vaky asserts, "so maybe those people who claim there are vast conspiracies are kind of right. In a way, we're all responsible." 7:30 Thurs., Feb. 24 and 2:00 Sun., Feb. 27.

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