New York

Frank Dell's The Temptation of Saint Antony

The Performing Garage

Ladies and gentleman, Lenny Bruce! Or at least his alter ego, Frank Dell, via director Elizabeth LeCompte and the Wooster Group. Add to this a hotel room in Washington, D.C., a sunset in the desert, takes on Gustave Flaubert, Ingmar Bergman, and “trance writer” Geraldine Cummins, and a dash of Peter Sellars—and what you wind up with is part three of the group’s trilogy, “The Road to Immortality,” which cleverly, perversely overwhelms the viewer with its magnificent multidimensional mixed-media multiplicity.

Any attempt to define the performance in terms of simple structure and meaning would be antithetical to the experience itself. Better to approach it, as with most Wooster Group works, in terms of its dynamics—its speed, phrasing, rhythm, and juxtapositions. Ideas and story fragments are related not linearly, but through an intricate weave of subtexts, so that the resulting theater never

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