I saw the Furious Theatre Company's world premiere production of An Impending Rupture of the Belly by Matt Pelfry last Friday – what a privilege.
The play is about a man who “worries about many things” and the dangers that come from his fanatical desire to protect his own. The play uses this theme to address everything from the day-to-day grind of dealing with jerky neighbors to the current situation in Iraq. Through a series a dynamic-yet-intimate scenes and some highly theatrical hallucination/surrealist nightmare sequences, Belly does a superb job of telling a compelling story about man pushed to the brink and the bizarre, painful consequences that come from his unwarranted fear and lack of self-control.
The cast is great (Playhouse Graphic Designer Eric Pargac is dynamite, and he better be since he’s on stage for all but 2 minutes of the play) and the direction, as always with this group, is stellar. This is a hard-hitting play – dangerous, violent – and attacks its theme with teeth bared and golf club brandished – well done.
And on a related note – I think its simply marvelous how well Furious Theatre Company’s programming complements the Playhouse’s mainstage productions and auxiliary programs. I love that if I wanted to, I could come the Playhouse campus and see a Broadway-bound musical, an edgy world premiere play, an up-to-the-minute irreverent comedy show, get lunch, dinner, and a post show drink or two and not walk more than 100 yards all day long. Just love it.
AN IMPENDING RUPTURE OF THE BELLY
Written by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
EXTENDED thru June 9!