Interrobang Theatre Project Launches With A Script that Defines Its Name
Perhaps you too remember when this theater group sent you scrambling to the dictionary to find out what an interrobang is---
A non-standard punctuation mark (‽) indicating a question expressed in an exclamatory manner, as in what are you doing‽.
If that definition still eludes you, this reprise of Interrobang Theatre Project’s inaugural work, Here Lies Henry, might bring it to vivid life, as it did for this writer. This is quite the interrobang of a script, asking and declaring in breath after breath. Oh how playwright Daniel MacIvor puts the play in playwright!
It’s a one-man (Scott Sawa) show, or maybe it’s too many shows to count, or countless, because who’s counting… or that’s how we learn to think in Henry-style within just a few minutes. In this script, nearly every sentence subject gets a return curve ball by its predicate, which boomerangs back in turn. It doesn’t spiral, as much as do geometric tumbles akin to Chicago’s Jesse White Tumblers, pausing only for a millisecond ta dah!, because there is little time before the script, as the gymnasts, immediately repositions for the next setup.
Opening, Sawa emerges from the dark set design-free space with a studied awkward. He shares that he has just taken a course in public speaking and learned that one never says umm or anyway, nor ever apologizes. He then says, “Anyway”, then he says “ummm” and then apologizes, and stretches that word gag out again and again, which by audience guffaw meter count, never stops to charm. We learn why he’s Henry but not Henry. We laugh every time he mentions his father or mother with respective Tourette’s like sounds of fear or giggle. Subjects change in his ramble somewhat like an ocean’s undertow. Eventually, the playwright’s pen starts to screech its frustration in wanting to tell us something new—until it has nearly run out of ink, leaving his soul naked with his heart beating in our hands.
It’s quite a ride!
Along the way Sawa’s performance shows considerable acting range, in this writer’s view, as he brings the zigs and zags of the script alive, replete with the occasional disco dance moves.
Fellow pandemic prisoners who long for live performance will likely concur that this one-man show doesn’t suffer too much from its pre-recorded format. We do hear the audience quite a bit, sometimes making too much noise. It barely distracts from the FUN!!!!
HERE LIES HENRY
By Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Artistic Producer Elana Elyce
Featuring Scott Sawa
About the Author:
Amy Munice is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Picture This Post. She covers books, dance, film, theater, music, museums and travel. Prior to founding Picture This Post, Amy was a freelance writer and global PR specialist for decades—writing and ghostwriting thousands of articles and promotional communications on a wide range of technical and not-so-technical topics.
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