New York

Robert Wilson And Ralph Hilton

The Kitchen

Spaceman, by Robert Wilson and Ralph Hilton, invokes many layers of meaning through its title, one of which is the play on man as master of space. One first stands on the stairs waiting for the door to open. Then one enters a small room disclosing what looks like an aqua satin anteater lying on the floor saying, “There . . . [long pause] . . . there is . . . [pause] . . . there are. . . .” with no mouth to eat the wilting head of lettuce placed at its head. One flipper points to a framed page of The Village Voice bearing the headline, “Loch Ness Monster Strikes It Rich,” with a photograph of three of the beasts swimming. Now one can identify the “anteater” creature as a Loch Ness monster. It is also supplied with a television set wrapped in plastic (I overheard: “It’s watching TV underwater. That’s probably what monsters do.”)

After waiting in the antechamber for several minutes, one is

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