They say that if you have a near-death experience, your entire life flashes before your eyes. If Michael Garin had such an experience, his Off Broadway show, Auto Trains, Fire Ants and Lesbians, closing at the Flatiron Playhouse Dec. 2, might be that flash. The production opened Nov. 8.
Composer-performer Garin guides us through a seventy-minute tour of his works mixed in with some other standards. From odes to Fire Ants and Lesbians, to Argentinean songs, to the score for adobe theatres' [sic] The Handless Maiden, to an Arabic sing-a-long, back to a taste of his first job as a Bar Car pianist on the Auto-Train, Garin presents an eclectic evening of entertainment.
Jeremy Dobrish directs this production in midtown Manhattan. The creative team includes scenic design by Steven Capone, lighting by Michael Gottlieb, and sound by Chris Todd.
Garin's other works include music composition for adobe's Poona The Fuckdog and Other Plays for Children and Duet!, as well as the Drama Dept.'s The Torch Bearers. This is Garin's return to OB after his starring role in his co creation Song of Singapore, for which he won an Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award. For more info on Garin, visit his website at www.MichaelGarin.com.