Avant guarde playwriting and dark comedy will bring a surrealism to Boston's Actors Workshop. Surreal Life, a series of five short plays from Jean Cocteau, Jean Anouilh, Mac Wellman, Janusz Glowacki and Christopher Durang, runs Nov. 5-27.
Representing all ranges of dark humor will be artist and film-maker Cocteau's Eiffel Tower Wedding Party, Anouilh's collaboration with Aurenche about a man doomed to utter only one word a day, Humulus the Mute, Wellman's The Sandalwood Box, Glowacki's Home Section, where two painters work in a room despite the corpse hanging in their midst, and Durang's Naomi in the Living Room, a nightmare of family, cross-dressing and an unhealthy attraction to furniture.
Directing the pieces are Danielle DiDio, Dan Zisson, Michael Lane, John Herring and Theatrezone artistic director Danielle Fauteux Jacques.
Theatre Zone, founded in 1995, have recently produced Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, Lorca's Blood Wedding, Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine and the Christmas monologues, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode.