Pig Iron Theatre Company made its reputation by playing with forms as it developed the content of plays. Its new and most ambitious work to date, the FringeArts-supported "A Period of Animate Existence," is much ado about form. The content part – or what I could pin down as content -- seems to have gone extinct. Which is strange, because this major entry in the Philly Fringe Festival is supposed to be about extinction.
If you're going to overdo the musical "A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" you may as well get a high-jinkser like Frank Ferrante to direct it and play the lead role. And if you're not going to overdo "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," why bother doing it at all? It was written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and scored by Stephen Sondheim as a goof. (Zero Mostel starred in the original, in 1962.)
The powerful and haunting "We Shall Not Be Moved" that opened Saturday is not only a world-premiere opera, it's a provocation. Some people – mostly white people in the audience, I suspect – will look at its depiction of hopelessness and victimization of five North Philadelphia teenagers and say, really? Some people – mostly black audience members, I suspect – will see the same story unfold and say yes, really. But everyone will react.
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