Saturday, August 11, 2007

End's Eve: The Feast of 2012 - 8/11/2007

Beware of strangers carrying pork chops! End's Eve: The Feast of 2012 is one of those jaw-droppingly-bad plays about which you can only ask: What were they thinking? A group of friends gather on the night of December 20, 2012, to ring in what may be the end of the world (according to the Mayan calendar). When ridiculous news breaks announce weird occurrences (like the disappearance of Japan!), crop circles appear in the living room, and a large crystal skull turns up in the take-out – all without a hint of (intentional) humor – you know you are in for a rare evening in the theater. The proceedings are so hopelessly directed, and so amateurishly acted that I won't mention any names. But the majority of the blame goes to the play's two (!) authors – who seem earnest in their interest Mayan myth and culture (according to the program notes) and have managed to trivialize it in the form of this sci-fi silliness.

Fringe Rating: 1/10

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Chris Fenwick said...

So how will WE write it? How shall it read when we look back on December 21, 2012? We certainly have the elements in place to destroy ourselves. The planet has experienced cataclysmic events in its history - polar shifts, ice ages, etc. No one really knows. What the Mayan’s meant with their End-Count calendar will always be up for speculation. It fires the imagination, for sure. SOooo let's write it like we want it. That is what Chris Fenwick did in the #1 Visionary Novel: "the 100th human." You choose...