Went to a little musical/theatrical event last night at Soho Rep‘s Walker Space, which was marvelously free of charge. It was held by a group called the Centrifuge, which I gather to be a sort of theater group, and was part of their series Fresh Ground Pepper, which is held on the first Friday of every month.
The music was performed by my friend’s friends’ band, Koho, and it was a nice little acoustic set that included covers of John Mayer’s ‘My Stupid Mouth’ and Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin,’ ‘ which are two very lovely songs. The original songs were also very lovely, though verging on the depressing side … but we all love our sad songs now and then.
I was most impressed, however, by the Centrifuge’s reading of A New Asylum, a short play written by Pete Forester and directed by Jenny Beth Snyder. Featuring seven talented young actors and actresses, it told the story of a girl whose mother had just committed suicide, and her means of coming to terms with her relationships with her mother, father, lover and best friend. Driven by some pretty intense emotion and philosophical ponderings, there were many hilarious moments as well. One of my favorite parts was when the main character, Myra, would say to her boyfriend Richard, ‘Where did you come from?’ and he would reply, ‘The future,’ to which she would respond, ‘You’re awesome!’ and he would echo, ‘YOU’RE awesome!’ They did such a great job of capturing those moments of pure joy like when you’re a child, but also painfully juxtaposed it to the pain of life, death and denial.
On a side note, seeing the actors use music stands to hold their script binders reminded me of high school band at 7 a.m.
We missed ‘world-renowned designer of fun, Svelte’ because of the extreme stuffiness of the space, though I’m not entirely sure what one who is a designer of fun does.