Theater review: 'tempOdyssey' at Art/Works Theatre
Escaping the horrors of her family’s Georgia poultry farm, Genny flees cross country to disappear into a string of temporary gigs in Seattle. Within minutes of arriving at a particularly anonymous corporation, she’s verbally bludgeoned by the boss (Ted Jonas), nearly strangled by her predecessor (Melli Vytlacil) and sneaks cigarettes with a cubicle rebel (Liam Springthorpe). Things get curiouser and curiouser on Adam Rigg’s witty set, a wall of chartreuse filing cabinets out of which emerge secret files, dead people, a number of metaphors and the Jane’s Revenge, an explosive device with the power to level downtown.
Goofily attracted, Springthorpe and Sidell recall Chaplin and Paulette Godard, adrift in post-Modern Times but longing for connection in director Emily Weisberg’s acute and emotional grounded production. Dietz sometimes lets the play get away from him, but even an incomplete ending can’t blunt the exhilarating punch of this wild and engaging experiment.
– Charlotte Stoudt
“tempOdyssey,” Art/Works Theatre, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Ends May 23. $15 and $20. Contact: (323) 795-2215 or www.needtheater.org. Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Photo: Liam Springthorpe and Devin Sidell. Credit: Courtesy of needtheater.