NY Review: 'I <3 Revolution'

Hist 123 at the Living Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival

Reviewed by Mitch Montgomery

August 11, 2012


Photo by Dixie Sheridan
The audience is taken hostage at each performance of "I <3 Revolution," but don't worry: The three vivacious revolutionaries leading this delightfully clumsy coup inspire the best kind of Stockholm syndrome. Deviously written and blithely performed by Alexandra Panzer, Tara Schuster, and Alice Winslow, the piece adopts the nifty conceit that it is a mandatory meeting for a planned resistance movement that will see the roads repaved to be less patriarchal.

Inspired by a professor they had at Brown, these three bickering radicals (who use their own names) employ snappy choreography and a PowerPoint presentation to indoctrinate audiences into their vaguely feminist agenda. But even with a disarmingly deadpan Chris Lowell on hand as the ladies' hopeless assistant, these liberal-arts-school liberators are amusingly incompetent. This inept insurgent shtick eventually fizzles, but thanks to ditzy Alexandra, tempestuous Tara, and equivocating Alice, the production's "<3" stays in the right place.

Presented by Hist 123 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St., NYC. Aug. 1026. Remaining performances: Sun., Aug. 12, 4:15 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 13, 3 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 22, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 26, noon. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
 

 
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