Hip Shot: Girl In Space
Sprenger – Atlas Performing Arts Center
Sunday, July 13 at 8:15 p.m.
Friday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 9:15 p.m.
Friday, July 25 at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, at 2:45 p.m.
They say: Girl in space. Floating. Always. Weightless. Girl in space. Seeing sights. Amazing. Just darkness. Amazing. Attached. Physically. A sailor. No surface. Girl in space. From space. Floating. Always?
Danny's Take: Girl In Space is light on plot but makes up for it by also being light on just about everything else. In fact, so little happens during the show's 45-minute runtime you’ll be free to calculate how many dollars per minute you spent to see it (for me, about $0.88).
The show follows Girl, played by Jacy Barber, who resembles Loonette the Clown in a silver jumpsuit, as she floats through, well, space. Meanwhile, she is watched by Mission Control, played by Jason Patrick Wells, who observes her behavior and directs whatever mysterious mission sent this Girl into Space. In Mission Control’s own words: “Fascinating.”
So, the audience sits on the floor and watches the girl in space as she does the hula hoop, runs in circles and falls in love with an asteroid, completely wordless and mimed with clownish movements. Girl also finds time to watch snippets of 90’s television shows and listen to 90’s music. The whole experience has a charming sort of 90’s riot grrrl DIY science fiction vibe with fiberoptic cables and tin foil standing in for circuitry and a chrome spaceship interior.
But the show never amounts to more than just that: charming. After 40 minutes of a girl floating in space, we are asked to consider a girl who “answered a question that was never asked,” but frankly, the moment feels unearned. None of the events of the show have the gravity (pun unintended) to warrant the reflection requested of the audience. Not A Robot Theatre Co. has great taste in music and I chuckled a few times, but the experience felt like the titular Girl herself: floating off into nothingness, no destination in sight.
See it if: You’ll sit through anything for a precious glimpse of Jared Leto’s feathered hair in My So Called Life.
Skip it if: You did the calculations I suggested at the beginning and you don't think the numbers look too good.