Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Returning Favorite - Sheep Theater - Kaboom - Rarig Thrust

A nuclear missile is mistakenly armed and nothing is able to prevent it from launching. Kaboom. A new play presented by Sheep Theater (2018 Best of City Pages).

Even though Sheep Theater’s twisted take on Pinocchio didn’t top my list of favorites last year, it was still quite good, and fun to to share with Mom.

Sheep did, however, make my top 10 list for theater in 2017 which I saw outside the Fringe, not once, but twice with The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand, and The Good Boy and The Kid.  So of course, they’re high on my list of shows to check out once again this year.

And again, so nice that they’re doing a show that’s a complete fantasy which could never happen in real life, right?  A fuller synopsis says: “Mistakenly thinking nuclear destruction is at hand, the President arms a nuclear missile in blind retaliation and then he and the Vice President go missing, leaving no one able to stop the launch. Kaboom.”  Yeah, total fantasy.  Yikes.

It’s often hard for theater companies to talk about the work they do simply.  Sheep doesn’t have that problem.  They describe themselves, quite accurately, as a group that “writes and performs their own original stories of both epic and intimate proportions. Sometimes strange, sometimes insane, sometimes dark, sometimes silly. The plays created by Sheep Theater are all produced with simplicity, scrappiness, and honesty.”  I can’t think of a better or more succinct way to describe them.  These are theater people who know who they are and what they’re doing.

There are many reasons this group of artists got tagged as the City Pages’ best theater troupe for 2018.  If you haven’t seen why for yourself yet, you really should.

Here's some handy links to full Top 10, Top 11-20 and Returning Favorites lists.

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