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The Crazy Locomotive

A breathless plot delivered by a hyperventilating cast will shockingly put you to sleep.


No doubt about it. A derailed logic fuels Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s highly theatrical play about feuding, lovelorn nihilist-futurists driven to crash their train (and muse) into another locomotive. So it’s not hard to understand why the folks at Trap Door Theatre are doing their damnedest to act certifiably insane. The problem is that, unlike the late Polish playwright who inspired them, this energetic band of performers reveal no method behind their madness. Shouting incoherently, gesticulating wildly and mugging shamelessly with clown makeup dripping with sweat, the cast wastes all their energy acting like madmen manqué who have lost track of Poland’s one-of-a-kind genius.

The Crazy Locomotive
By Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
Center For Architecture
Tue, Aug 23 at 5:15 p.m.; Wed, Aug 24 at 3 p.m.; Thu, Aug 25 at 7:15 p.m.; Fri, Aug 26 at 7:15 p.m.; Sat, Aug 27 at 3 p.m.


  • Articles by Drew Pisarra
  • From the Aug 26, 2005 issue of New York
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