Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday night I went to see "The Brig" at the Odyssey Theater. Originally produced by the experimental The Living Theater in New York City in 1963, it's more performance art than traditional dramatic theater.
The show depicts the brutal conditions of a Marine prison (for U.S. Marines) during the Korean War. Since prisoners aren't allowed to speak to each other, there's not a whole lot of dialogue. There is lots of marching around and one scene consists of Prisoner Number Two running back and forth along the front of the stage for 10 minutes (seriously) while the action continues behind him.
There's also a scene where the prisoners clean the floor. That's got to be the cleanest stage west of the Mississippi.
Much of the audience seemed bewildered by the show. But I found its uniqueness most interesting.