Live Action Set

In challenging times, artists can trump politicians and commentators (and critics) by grabbing hold of the ephemera of mood and tone that escapes concrete analysis. Live Action Set did so in this show, a freeform and elusive example of serious clowning that took on wartime tragedy with abundant silliness and an excess of heart. No one who saw and loved the show could describe exactly how, or why, it worked, but its jarring juxtapositions and rapid-fire vignettes captured a year in which rationality seemed to have been tossed to one side and deeper realities were thrust to the fore for those who had an interest in noticing them.


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