Scenes From A Marathon
Later on Friday, at the Marathon’s Urban Stages venue, the event took on
more geographic range, with out of town performers The Galleria, of Los
Angeles, and The Signatures and Tucker Max, of Chicago; although the
highlight was the last show of this time block, “Blackout 2003”
performed by “Green Eggs and Beef,” a collection of UCB veterans
including Charlie Sanders (see interview),
Lennon Parham (see interview), Eugene
Cordero and Anthony King.
Blackout 2003 had the novel idea of performing their entire set in the
dark, which turned out to be more than just a novelty. You could hear
just how sharp these performers were (also billed, but we’re not sure if
they were in the group before they turned the lights off, were Eric
Scott, Kate Spencer, Charlie Todd and Joe Wengert) as they built scenes
aurally without the benefit of the audience even seeing them.
Suggested by the setting, “Blackout 2003” included haunted
house-oriented stories, including the passing around of a bucket of
knives, a grandfather reading inappropriate stories to grandchildren,
and of course playing with a ouija board. Aside from an audience not
being able to see the performers, these performers were obviously
experienced enough at improvising together that they could play off each
other without even seeing each other.
12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Guild Theater:
Now we may have to amend these accounts later on to add bits about
groups that were not remembered or noted at first, so consider this the
first draft. On Saturday afternoon, Start Trekkin, a New York-based
group (Ben Sterling, Lauren Hunt, Kate Caldwell, Phil Ristanio, Frank
Todaro, Casey Jones and Joy Masters), performed their set in character
and in costume as Star Trek-like characters, with Sterling as the
group’s Captain Kirk-like personality, Jones as the arch-villain “Domo”
this time and Caldwell in dual parts as Domo’s associate and the
Captain’s first mate.
The group proved pretty deft at crafting an original movie-like story
from start to finish, within the constraints of specific characters, all
the while leaving room to make discoveries of character and plot that
kept the show entertaining.
repeat visit with Bassprov and they deliver a second tour-de-force.