Night and Day: wednesday, August 22, 2002
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Amphibian Invasion

While Neil LaBute’s stunning, deeply romantic film Possession plays in local movie theaters, his Bash is on stage at TCU. It comes to us courtesy of Amphibian Productions, the Fort Worth-based company that stages plays in New York and then brings them here. Bash is a collection of three one-act plays (two monologues and one two-character piece) that are all about ordinary people who commit heinous murders for appallingly banal reasons. For people who prefer the harsh, angry, psychically violent LaBute, this exploration of evil is the place to be.

On the same campus, Amphibian also puts on Georg Büchner’s Leonce and Lena, one of the few genuine comedies in the German theatrical repertoire. Büchner wrote at the same time as Goethe and Schiller, but he never found success during his short life (he died at age 24). His plays only gained an audience a century after his death, as his tragedy Danton’s Death was hailed as a naturalistic masterpiece, and his unfinished Woyzeck presaged Theater of the Absurd. Leonce and Lena is about a prince and princess promised to each other in an arranged marriage who flee their arrangement separately, only to meet each other incognito and fall in love. The hackneyed story simply serves as a framework for the playwright’s wide-ranging satire on prevailing literary trends, social mores, and utopian ideas.

Bash and Leonce and Lena run thru Sun at TCU’s University Theatre and Studio Theatre, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Tickets are $10-15. Call 817-923-3012.


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