Homage (9:27) by Nadia Asencio is set in a realm where nightmares never end. Warning the review contains spoilers, but it is next to impossible not to disclose. We meet Claire (Sophie Laruelle) a young skittish and vulnerable wife. When her husband (Nathan Edmondson) comes home, it is clear they have been expecting a package. When a woman (Christian Paxton) bearing papers arrives to be signed, we think adoption or divorce. But the papers cannot be signed until the package comes. Claire begs to be taken to the post office, but is denied. The woman leaves, but agrees to come back later. Sitting down to the table the couple play a game of cards to pass the time. Winning and losing leads to a battle of wills. When suddenly three sexy older girl scouts (Heidi Lechner, Sarah Ann Rodgers and Meryl Goodfader) arrive to sell cookies. They leave and the card game resumes to an all out brawl, until the door bell rings and a package is delivered (Michael J Whitten). There is only one and the man lovingly takes it, but the wife is beyond distraught. The first women arrives stating that there is another package at the Post Office, but Claire steals the first one and blows them all to kingdom come. Time has ended.
The cast is uniformly good with Ms. Laruelle subtly peeling away the layers of stability, so we see Claire’s core. Mr. Edmonson is disturbing and chilling. We are left wondering who are they really?
Ms. Asencio’s writing as well as her direction is clean, precise and hauntingly real. You feel as if you are in for a live episode of the Night Gallery, Tales From the Crypt or the Twilight Zone. You are not sure to take this at face value or read into the symbolism. The play was inspired by the work of Luis Buñel, particularly Exterminating Angel. I would love to see this play expanded.
Ms. Asencio was smart to hire a stage manager and sound designer by the name of Alaska Caleo. She kept Ms. Asencio’s work clutter free. The lights by Andrew Tsai were also well done.
Homage (9:27) is a part of 4 other shows, but it is well worth your attention.
Homage (9:27): Summerfest, Hudson Guild, 411 West 26th Street. Last performance Sunday 7/16 @ 8:30.