By Carey Purcell
12 Feb 2014
|Photo by Hunter Canning|
The production, featuring an all-male cast in an adaptation inspired by the fight for gay rights, continues through Feb. 16.
Directed by Femme Fatale Theater co-founders Stephen Gribbin and Robert Ribar, Vera; Or, The Nihilists features Chris Tyler, Harlan J. Alford, Michael Axelrod, William Barnet, Salty Brine, Daniel DeStefano, John Graham, John C. Hume, Dane Jerabek, Jake Lasser and Peter Oliver.
"A young woman assassin fights to overthrow an oppressive Russian regime in this first ever New York revival of Oscar Wilde's outlandish, acid-tongued first play, which feels right at home in our current times of ever-polarizing politics, distrust of government, and global human rights violations," press notes state. "With an all-male cast lead by performance artist Chris Tyler in the title role, Femme Fatale Theater draws inspiration from contemporary demands for queer rights in Russia and around the world as it reinvigorates this comedy of love, rebellion, and political idealism."
A talkback featuring co-directors Gribbin and Ribar, members of the cast and Iranian human rights activist Ramin Haghjoo, moderated by TheaterMania critic Zachary Stewart, will be held Feb. 14 following the performance.