Hip Shot: Stone Tape Party
Atlas Performing Arts Center: Sprenger
Thursday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m.
They say: Sex, drugs, jazz: y'know, the classic ghost story. In a house of misanthropes where the party never stops, Dusty has finally decided to leave the past behind. Too bad the house has other plans.
Lauren's Take: Capital Fringe veterans Nu Sass Productions are back with a comedy about getting stuck and growing up. The dynamic 20-residents of a group house welcome the audience to Aedan’s birthday party. But Aedan (Ariana Almajan) has been dead for a year. We are celebrating the innate possibility of moving on, although none of the four roomies have quite gotten to that point yet. Stone Tape Party asks us how long we are willing to live in a rut before we make a change for the better.
The “stone tape theory,” which allows inanimate objects to absorb energy from living things, allows Aedan’s ghost to live alongside Dusty (Jack Novak) as he so desperately drives himself towards change. leaving Aedan and her ghost behind. The rest of the housemates, Rich (Aubri O’Connor), Basie (Ben Calman), and a most-loveable Jodie (Jill Tighe) remember Aedan and respect her ghostly presence in the house, but cannot interact with her. Aedan’s only company is Dusty, which is the most ragged part of the story. The other housemates find drama more prosaic situations, falling in love with one another or dealing drugs.
With his hilarious, and all-too- real (if you will) script, playwright Danny Rovin has crafted a most believable ghost tale. Evidently inspired by an experience of living in a New Orleans group home, Rovin tale mines the most interesting questions suggested by a ghostly presence. Are our personal ghosts holding us back? Must we physically move to, well, move on? Will your spirit die if you you only live once?
See it if: Your manta is You Only Live Once.
Skip it if: Your mantra is Just Give It Time.