New York

Creation Production Company

Manhattan Theater Club

The givens are these: two characters, a man and a woman, with no proper names; subject matter culled from a cross-cultural laundry list; and a dramaturgical methodology that depends on mixed-media technology and consists of collaged vignettes separated by blackouts. Sound familiar? These are the essential ingredients of the post-Modern performance, a theatrical exercise built around a handful of by now familiar formalisms and a thesis which is no less vehemently terroristic for being the conventional wisdom of the day. The agenda might besummarized thusly: no one story is “the story,” experience is inextricably mediated by cultural and biological preconditions and claims to authenticity are spurious—hopelessly degraded by our unavoidable immersion in the image stew.

In the hands of the likes of Sam Shepard, this style of theater offers another way to look at often inarticulate behavior.

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