Like clockwork, in the middle of January each year, arrives a new production by Richard Foreman. Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind is Dead! is the second of Foreman’s film/performance projects. A film consisting of various tableaus plays behind what is a more typical Foreman-esque stage piece. I’m not sure how I feel about the film element of Foreman's new projects, but I have the feeling if there was no film in next year’s piece that I would miss it. This year's piece seems quieter than previous pieces, with stretches of silence. The recognizable style of previous Foreman sets uses more of the Ontological's stage than past productions, including a cemetery-like section with flowers in black vases over which flies a large brown airplane piloted by six baby dolls. Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! seems to be about technology and unforeseen dangers of “progress” but resist over-analysis and enjoy the ride.
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