After premiering the piece in Berlin, downtown experimental theatre troupe, Elevator Repair Service (ERS), bring their Total Fictional Lie New York's PS 122, Oct. 15-Nov. 8. Total Fictional Lie, inspired by the gestural and verbal haplessness of documentary-film subjects, combines four documentary films in a collage-like form: "Anka's Away" about the meticulously marketed career of Paul Anka, Erroll Morris' "Vernon, Florida", Nick Broomfield's "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" about the infamous murderer, and The Maysles Brothers' "Salesmen" - a portrait of 1960's door-to-door Bible peddlers.
Like other ERS pieces, the piece utilizes movement, dance, gestures and whispered scenes to create a show about presentation of image - the each of the characters portray themselves to each other and the media.
Last year, ERS had a critical success in their deconstruction of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, called Cab Legs (also at PS 122).
For tickets ($15) or more information on Total Fictional Lie at PS 122, 150 First Ave., call (212) 477-5288.
-- By Sean McGrath