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“Two Titled”

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“Two Titled” was the moniker for a twin bill of performance playlets, Bissie at the Baths and Counter Angel, presented by the Los Angeles group, Pop-Up Productions. Each was a monologue for a female writer/performer in a life-size setting modeled after the pop-up scenery of children’s books; the cartoonlike qualities of these environments with figures unavoidably also referred to Red Grooms and Roy Lichtenstein. The Pop-Up versions successfully straddled the sculpture/set fence, being quirky and detailed enough to be interesting in themselves, and theatrically specific enough to work as performance settings. (The production design credit went to A.W.O.L.—Peter Jamison and Bo Welch.)

In Bissie Joan Hotchkis appeared as a middle-aged divorcée in search of group therapy enlightenment in a cardboard California backyard. “Bissie” roams among cutouts of “types”—a young blonde nymphet, a fat

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