The Off-Off-Broadway troupe Rude Mechanicals is finishing the run of the first play of its season, Company, which started performances Oct. 4, opened Oct. 11 and ends its scheduled run Oct. 29. Company — via Samuel Beckett, not Stephen Sondheim — has been adapted by Lane Savadore from Beckett's prose work of the same name. Savadore also directs.
Apparently plans were in the works to keep the show going, but according to a Spin Cycle press release, “the Beckett estate was unable to extend performance rights to the piece.”
If you wish to see Company, don't expect to just sit there. Attendance requires lying down on the floor blindfolded, just as the man in the story finds himself prostrate in the dark. Audience members will be poked and strokes as they track the play's several subplots told by a variety of voices. "It's pure sensation," says a press release. The show takes place at the appropriately-named Rude Room, in the Access Theatre, 380 Broadway at White Street.
The Rude Mechanicals season continues with:
• The Bacchae 2.1 by Charles L. Mee, Jr., beginning March 23. A new version of Euripides' classic. Mee apparently loves updating the Greeks; Big Love, his take on Aeschylus' The Suppliants, was a hit at this year's Humana Festival. Kenn Watt will direct. • A Mouthful of Birds by Caryl Churchill, running in repertory with Bacchae 2.1. Rebecca Taylor directs this contemporary play, also inspired by Euripides' The Bacchae.
Tickets are $15. For more information on Company, call (212) 414 5136.
--By Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz