Monday, January 17, 2011

WeeTube @ the PuSH festival

Tonight at the opening "gala" for the PuSH theatre festival I saw a great performance by Theatre Replacement called WeeTube - a short description is here - the actors read out (they're listening to iPods) the comments sections from wack YouTube videos (Christ getting hit by a bus, Saudi guys skating on a freeway, a woman bonking her head on a TV lipsyncing to Beyonce's Single Girl, etc.). The performance works in two ways: enunciating (saying out loud) the often obscene or acronymic (LOL etc) comments is a kind of disjunction between what we are used to reading but not hearing; too, the banality of the comments have their own kind of poetry, esp when the commentators start arguing or "flaming" with each other.

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