OOB 'Fur Ball' Troupe Performs Weekly Black Hole Serial, to Mar. 28

News   OOB 'Fur Ball' Troupe Performs Weekly Black Hole Serial, to Mar. 28 For four consecutive weeks, the Bat Theatre Company will offer a continuing comic serial, with a new episode of "sex, wicked language and violence" offered each week.

For four consecutive weeks, the Bat Theatre Company will offer a continuing comic serial, with a new episode of "sex, wicked language and violence" offered each week.

The basic situation was concocted by Jim Simpson (director of Off-Broadway's Bedfellows and Nixon's Nixon) and playwright Jeffrey Jones (J.P. Morgan Saves The Nation). In The Black Hole, a 21st Century space station circles the earth where Bill Gates, the world's richest man has built "The Mall of the Universe." On view at the shopping emporium are a cult dedicated to Princess Di, and the William Shatner Center for the Performing Arts. Oh, aliens and psycho-killers are also roaming about.

Taking their turns directing are Hilary Adams, Laramie Dennis, Daniel Aukin, Hayley Finn, Linsay Firman, Simon Hammerstein and Playbill On-Line's own Sean McGrath.

Scripting the shows are Bob Fisher, Janet Allard, David Auburn, Dennis Davis, Jake-ann Jones, John Poglineo and Candido Tirado.

Performing the serial are "The Fur Balls," a 31-member troupe selected by Simpson. Their first production was Mac Wellman's Cellophane earlier this year. For tickets ($8) and information on The Black Hole at the Flea Theatre, 41 White St., March 5-28, call (212) 226-0051.

-- By David Lefkowitz

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