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As ‘White’ As The August Snow: AtticRep and The Aesthetic of Waste’s collaboration

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Siggi Ragnar

Seth Larson as Lead

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White’s bloody mess


According to Brecht, that awareness should snap us out of the trance of make-believe and force us to think critically about the issues raised on stage. White invites us to ponder questions of vocation, nation, justice and love, but the aesthetic distance created by all the absurd mugging is so vast that it would take the Hubble telescope to get us to look past the hijinks and focus on faraway ideas that the collective authors did not think through fully. Voltaire’s version remains more sophisticated and immediate. Making the Lead’s beloved an employee of both Restoration Hardware and the Pottery Barn does not enrich the text of Candide the way the Lillian Hellman/Richard Wilbur/Leonard Bernstein musical adaptation did.

Nevertheless, White is spunky, funky and fun. The youthful cast is energetic enough to keep things moving through a single cluttered act at a breakneck pace. If no necks are broken, it is not because bodies are not swung dangerously around on stage. Seth Larson, who is artistic director of The Aesthetic of Waste, is almost constantly in motion as Lead. He and Libby Mattingsley, who plays both a nubile Westphalian noble and a voluptuous French prostitute, demonstrate remarkable courage in baring all of themselves to a group of strangers who happen to show up at the Attic Theatre. White is plucky performance art that is stronger on performance than art.

White

Not recommended for children or sensitive audiences
$10-$25
8pm Thu, Fri & Sat, 2:30pm Sun
Attic Theatre
Ruth Taylor Theater Building
Trinity University
One Trinity
(210) 999-8524
atticrep.org
Through Sept 1

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