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Theater review by Helen Shaw
Water is too enormous a topic to tackle in any meaningful way, so the pair splash around desperately: There’s a Katrina monologue, a proposal at sea, a long section of listening to wave sounds. At the show’s nadir, they have a mop “sing” a ditty about cleaning. (Not) Water’s agglomeration of unconnected scenes, dance-theater interruptions and recitations of news items is meant to be a far-ranging meditation on everything H2O, but Callaghan and Topol are too busy telling us about the 11 years they have spent creating it. That’s far too long, clearly. At some point—maybe a decade ago?—the topic seems to have slipped through their fingers.
3LD Art & Technology Center (Off-Off Broadway). By Sheila Callaghan and Liza Birkenmeier. Directed by Daniella Topol. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 50mins. No intermission. Through June 30.
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