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“Blast Radius”: The Revolution Is Here

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

Sarah T.

spoilers ahead!

“We can lie to the people we love,” one character tells another in the sci-fi play Blast Radius. She’s talking to an alien in a human’s body, and she means both to give the alien permission and to explain the warty compromises people make in times of crisis. But aliens, it turns out, have secrets of their own. This one is becoming more human all the time.

Playwright Mac Rogers has created a uniquely moving post-apocalyptic world in Blast Radius, playing at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City through April 14. (Full disclosure: I’m friends with cast member Seth Shelden and have met several other people involved with the production.) The play has the dramatic tension and sweeping stakes of a blockbuster film, but the big explosions and giant insects are all offstage. Michael Bay would be so sad! Meanwhile, with Jordana Williams’ intimate direction, the emphasis on complex characters and nuanced relationships is ratcheted way up.

The deal is this: Twelve years prior, the human race and the aliens on Mars were at the end of their respective ropes. An astronaut ambassador struck a deal with the communally-minded, nature-loving aliens: they could come to earth if they’d help the humans survive. They would save each other. Read the rest of this entry »

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