Out There 25: Maybe the play isn't the thing
The Rude Mechs in The Method Gun.
Photo courtesy the Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center's Out There 25 opens with a piece that takes a sly, satirical, and loving look at outlandishly experimental theater with The Method Gun. The piece, produced by the Rude Mechs from Austin, Texas, adds meta-layer upon meta-layer to its central story: the nine-year rehearsal process for a production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
The five actors of the Rude Mechs company take on the roles of the five actors who trained under guru Stella Bruden and her signature theatrical approach, called "The Approach." The goal of their lengthy rehearsal period (really, most shows are up and running after a few weeks) was a unique take on Tennessee Williams's signature play, one that included none of the four main characters.
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