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Kron’s work is a melding of prose and performance art that blurs the line between theater in the traditional sense and spoken-word performance, part biography, part audience participation -- tossing bagged pretzels to those in the front row, piercing the invisible barrier between life on the stage and life in the loggia, romping around the small theater.
|Playwright Lisa Kron|
The work resonated with big questions – do we make ourselves ill, is illness a choice, is being politically correct ultimately incorrect? Tired as I was, the one-act play’s provocative questions lead me on a journey to find my own answers. And, "Well" is funny, with Amy Kelly providing hilarious antics – along with Jason Kuykendall, Anthony D’Juan and Shanel Moore.
On Kron's Web site, she describes her work as seeking to find the humanity in the crevices of human behavior, concentrating on where we are derailed by awkwardness, grandiosity, pretentiousness, vanity. She said she seeks to find the authentic human qualities in that gap between who we think we are and how we actually behave.
Kron said she is “dedicated to creating theater which is 'intravenous' -- that is, work that goes into the mind and heart of the audience via the serum of a beguiling theatrical entertainment. Audiences leave her plays challenged, thinking and talking -- but while they're watching they're rendered receptive and captivated by her combination of authenticity and theatricality.”
Tired as I was, disinclined to think, "Well" was a stimulating experience. My headache went away and I started to wonder. When it was over, I felt alive with ideas, eager to put them into words. Margaret watched me struggle, wide awake now, to give expression to what I’d just experienced. She smiled and enjoyed the effect of Lisa Kron's seductive work. It will wake you up and make you think. Not bad for a Friday night in Sacramento.
"Well" runs through Dec. 4, more info is at Bstreettheater.org.