I am not a theater-goer. And, judging by the predominantly silver-haired audience at the Berkeley Rep last week, neither are a lot of younger folk. In a culture dominated by the immediacy of Youtube and Tivo, the patience and concentration required for an intelligent night at the theater has all but vanished. But there is hope for revival in plays like Tony Kushner's Tiny Kushner.
The cheeky title refers to the format of the show: in direct opposition to the lengthy, epic works of his past (the 6 hour Angels in America being the best example), Kushner has decided to put on five distinct one-act plays. What the viewer gets is a little over 2 hours of variety, talent, and sheer genius.
Tony Kushner has a habit of appropriating historical figures (often subversive ones) and injecting them into his fictional creations. And he keeps with this tradition with the first play of this set entitled "Flip Flop Fly!" The piece takes place on the moon (naturally) and revolves around two polar opposites, Lucia Pamela (Valeri Mudek) and Geraldine, Queen of Albania (Kate Eifrig).
Tiny Kushner plays through November 29, 2009 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. For tickets and information, visit berkeleyrep.org