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Flesh Eating Tiger (CalArts Festival Theater)

By | Published on Friday 19 August 2011

Setting a play within a play on a stage with no walls whilst you break the fourth wall of the play within the play? Sounds a bit Charlie Kaufman meets Tristram Shandy. But what’s surprising is quite how well it works: a darkly funny ride through the tormented relationship between a writer and an alcoholic director that may or may not be as real as it seems. Jarring shifts into the absurd threaten to capsize it, but sharp, semi-improvised dialogue and the pervading meta-fictional vibe avert disaster well before it strikes. It’s bolstered by fascinatingly physical performances from the two leads, making for a funny, moving and intriguing tale about love and the nature of addiction.

Venue 13, 5 – 20 Aug (not 8, 15, 16), 7.00pm (8.00pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp265.
tw rating 4/5