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“So Long Ago I Can't Remember”

Gale Gates et al.

MICHAEL COUNTS'S So Long Ago I Can't Remember—a divine comedy was an evening-long collage of successive performances that led the viewer ever deeper into a renovated warehouse in Brooklyn. It added up to a phantasmagoric satire of such lamentable passages of Western history as Nazi Germany and the Inquisition, as well as a glimpse of the human tendencies that underlie such episodes of destruction. Based loosely on Dante's epic poem, the performance took the audience on a lavishly set and lit walking tour of the nine circles of hell to visit lost souls—from mobsters, fascists, and the mad to American tourists and hapless individuals slaving at menial jobs. Each character contributed his or her by turns frightened, angry, and frustrated voice to a stream-of-consciousness dialogue as haunting and delirious as a Guy Maddin cult classic, as fevered and oracular as Werner Herzog's

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