NY Review: 'Night of the Auk'
Outside Inside and Hubo Productions at the Players Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival
Reviewed by Jonathan Mandell
August 11, 2012
In a campy tradition well-embedded at the Fringe, the five performers depicting astronauts in a doomed space ship are directed by Adam Levi and Kaitlyn Samuel to give comically melodramatic line readings of the verbatim script. A little of this goes a long way. Mercifully, adapter Michael Ross Albert has cut "Night of the Auk" to slightly more than a third of its original three-hour length. Albert also plays the authoritarian homicidal capitalist who finances the mission. One can guess there weren't as many laughs when Plummer played him.
Presented by Outside Inside and Hubo Productions as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Players Theater, 155 MacDougal St., NYC. Aug. 10–20. Remaining performances: Sat., Aug. 11, 9:45 p.m.; Thu., Aug.16, 4:45 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
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