NY's Present Company finishes presenting the return engagement of its 1997 hit comedy, Americana Absurdum by Brian Parks, at The Present Company Theatorium, Nov. 28. Performances began Nov. 4.
Americana is a condensed version of two related comedies about American society and the dreams Americans hold, Vomit & Roses and Wolverine Dream. Vomit tells of a suburban family trying to save their funeral parlor from a corporate takeover, while Mother extols the virtues of evisceration, Perth debates his school's prom theme of "Literary Criticism," and Kea still waits for a boy -- any boy -- to ask her out.
Also pursuing their version of the American Dream are the characters in Wolverine Dream who are all brought together by filing a wrongful death suit after an airliner crash. Three talking suits, two genetic clowns, two leprechaun legal assistants, a mute wolverine all fight for their rights while a airline lawyer argues that it's the passengers fault they're all dead.
Playwright Parks wrote both plays before receiving the much-coveted job of Theatre Editor for The Village Voice. Directing Americana is Present Company Artistic Director, John Clancy.
The Present Company Theatorium is the recently opened multi-arts performing center located on the Lower East Side. The Theatorium operates both as a performance venue and a resource center for emerging artists. Inspired by the turn of the century buildings of the same name, The Present Company's Theatorium is dedicated to provide constant eclectic popular entertainment and serve as a staging ground for the new forms and media of the next generation of theatre artists. Americana Absurdum runs Nov. 4-28 at The Present Company Theatorium. For tickets ($12), or more information (212) 420 8877.
-- By Sean McGrath