Off-Broadway Tourette's Play Syndrome to Reach London

News   Off-Broadway Tourette's Play Syndrome to Reach London Verse playwright Kirk Wood Bromley's latest work, Syndrome, is getting around. The one-man play, which ran to good reviews at the Greenwich Street Theatre, Jan. 16-Feb. 9, will jump to London this spring.

Verse playwright Kirk Wood Bromley's latest work, Syndrome, is getting around. The one-man play, which ran to good reviews at the Greenwich Street Theatre, Jan. 16-Feb. 9, will jump to London this spring.

Syndrome will play a month at the Finborough Theatre, running 020 7373 3842. The man who commissioned the work from Bromley, Joshua Lewis Berg, will again star.

The syndrome in Sydrome is Tourette's. The character in the one man work has it (along with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive behavior and Bipolar personality traits), and the actor who plays him, Berg, has it, too. The play takes us through an evening at the man's home as he prepares to have dinner with his parents.

Press materials to the OB venture cautioned that audiences would not only be exposed to the "tics" of the character Berg plays, but also Berg's own tics, which at times found there way into the performance. Thus, the play took on an underlying reality beyond the text.

Bromley's work is typically produced by his own company, Inverse, which operates out of various theatres below 14th Street. In the past few months, audiences have seen The Burnt Woman of Harvard and Midnight Brainwash Revival. Ron Urbanati, who is a playwright himself, directed.

—By Robert Simonson