Written by: Gregory Hardigan
Directed by: Gregory Hardigan
Performed by: Kurt Ehrmann and Cora Vander Broek
Running time: 45 minutes
Web site: american-myth.com
This tragicomic one-act tackles a topic that has been explored
extensively in American literature for the past century or so: the
soul-killing monotony of a business career. However, Tens and
Twenties adds a sinister Beckettian twist by setting its middle-aged
male protagonist inside a box where he has agreed to enclose himself
for ten years straight in exchange for lifelong financial security.
Writer Hardigan brings an effectively dry and absurd sensibility
to the comedy part of the equation, (a female character dreams of
visiting "Vatican City or Graceland"), but the dramatic side of
the story never manages to be engaging. Characters bemoan absent
children/parents/lovers, but it's never explained who they are or
why their absence is so wrenching. Consequently, it's hard to care.
Where: Spotlight Lounge at Pace University
When: Sun, Aug 15 at 9:30 p.m.; Sat, Aug 21 at 1 p.m.; Tue, Aug 24 at 4:45 p.m.; Wed, Aug 25 at 5:30 p.m.; Thu, Aug 26 at 11:15 p.m.