The Inverse Theatre, apparently brimming with holiday spirit, will present three performances of resident playwright Kirk Wood Bromley's Midnight Brainwash Revival Dec. 28, 29 and 30, for free. The shows will take place at 8 PM at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in New York's Lower East Side.
The show will also be mounted on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, for the cost of $25—but that price gets you not only the show, but entrance to a party afterwards.
Revival was first presented by Inverse in late 1999. Matthew Maher starred. The story takes place in the Utah town of Moab, and incorporates a variety of millennial and end-of-the-world themes. Populating the city, which is on the verge of being turned into a toxic waste dump, are fanatics waiting for the messiah, prophets, cultists and a secret society of truckers. Revival was subsequently published in the anthology, "Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium" (New York Theatre Experience).
And this won't be the last time Inverse stages Revival. In a press statement, the company stated it planned to "make the show an annual tradition - their version of "It's A Wonderful Life."
Joshua Spafford directs. CSV is located at 107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side. For tickets/reservation, call (212) 501-4528 or visit www.inversetheater.com.
—By Robert Simonson