Monday, June 4, 2018

Fallout—Imago Theatre—SE Portland

“Tomorrow Is Another Day (?)”
This original production is written, directed and designed by Carol Triffle.
  It is playing at their space, 17 SE 8th Ave. (off Burnside), through June 9th.  For more information, go to their site at or call 503-231-9581.
Where will you be when (not if, according to today’s international climate) the Big One hits?
  When I was but a young lad in the 50’s, this was a very real possibility then and so some families and public buildings and schools were busy building bomb shelters.  It was a strange new world that a youngster was being reared in then, as it is again today.  “When will we ever learn?”
And, in the case of this event, we have a young man, Bobby (Kyle Delamarter), who has evidently decided to jump the gun and simply live in a shelter now, so that he is always prepared.
  He greets his morning light, at the beginning of the day, like a new-borne reaching for the sun.
The down-side is that he can never go top-side, as it just might be the last day.
  And he has no friends that he has invited down here, so he’s a bit of a recluse, playing songs for a audience of one, keeping holy his drawings of his long-dead idols from the entertainment media of years past, creating imaginary situations and dialogues with an invisible lady, sleeping a lot and keeping a diary…and “lets the world slide.”
But a loner for himself is not to be.
  For suddenly the outside world intrudes itself upon him, as two women discover the hatch, by accident, to his domain, as he scuttles away under his bed.  Jackie (Anne Sorce) is the leader of this intrepid duo and wants to explore.  Nadine (Danielle Vermette) is the more skittish of the two and seems afraid of her own shadow.  More discoveries will abound as secret longings and relationships will be revealed, as the three of them must grapple with Fate.  More I cannot tell you without being a spoiler.
But the exciting part of Imago’s shows are not so much the stories but the presentations and execution, as they are replete with dance-like movements, music, and language interpretations and imagery that appear like it might come from an alternate universe.
  This hour-long production also explores the real life problems we are faced with and becomes a sign-post of things to come if we do learn to get along. Triffle has done a fine job of blending these worlds together. 
I also like the original music/songs that were conceived for this show by Triffle and Delamarter.
  And the performances by all three were quirky, unpredictable and totally consistent with the framework for the story.
I recommend this play.
  If you do choose to see it, please tell them Dennis sent you.

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