Sunday, 13 April 2014

Laura Ortu responding to Number 1, The Plaza by GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN

You will get stuck in the loop of a very absurd and unconventional relationship between two very unconventional friends. Jen and Lucy  will invite you in their “shitty” world, manipulative, silly, grotesque and somehow ironical if not banal. Constantly provocative by any means, they certainly have still the ability to create the shock effect, you will get involved, addicted, curios and mostly disgusted, and yet rejected. No one can understand their silly world, you might get intimate with the “house code”, and indeed nothing is quite expected although sometime might become tedious and pretentious. Perhaps is it a reading of today’s middle class adults? The relationship can be very hard to handle, they can be hard to handle, especially when boundaries are crossed and pushed to the extreme. Their provocation call stretches the limit of what human being can take on, a meaningless provocation that had to get along with the “stuff like that” going on the stage. It is a work of destruction, it shows a climax of deconstruction of a life made of beauty. The endurance of the disruptiveness breaks the bond of the two friends and yet keeps them together. Furthermore they  break the relationship with the audience, who feels no welcome when the friendship on stage become openly intimate and ultimately it reveals its on “cracks” and yet it simply keeps going on. It is  very achieving in terms of juxtaposition, love and hate, banal and provocative, musical and distorted, illusive and disappointing, manipulative and fake. It is a rally coaster of silliness hard to die.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Laura,

    I like your approach, which has a peppery poetic quality to it. Be careful with your tenses. Writing in the future makes it sound like marketing copy, like you’re trying to convince someone to buy a ticket, rather than report on something you have seen. Best bet is to stick to the present tense: Number One The Plaza is... It extends what you saw into what other people will see. Otherwise, I think you could explain what we’ll see a bit more. Use the more poetic lines, by all means, but try to explain first. Remember the person reading won’t have seen the show, so your first job is to communicate what they might expect to see, then jump off from that into meaning and the show’s sensibilities.