The Sovereign Statement at the Neo-Futurists: Theater review
Bilal Dardai conscripts the audience in the formation of a new nation in the Neo-Futurists' dissection of democracy
It’s smart stuff, and fun to watch as Ridarelli devolves into Pere Ubu in this Pirandello-like take on theatrical politics and the politics of theater (when one character complains of his passivity, our leader reminds him: "I can't do anything about it—you're written that way!"). A Fourth Wall is erected to separate one half of the audience from the other and actor Mike Manship reflects on Glasnost, before we move to join the other exiled nationals backstage. The second half of this feels a bit in need of editing; by the time we reconvene—our nation abruptly dissolved—Dardai’s point about the farce of democratic processes has been made.
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