ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Theater Grottesco. John Flax’s inventive theatrical group has been in between shows and keeping a low profile lately. Except for those fundraising letters. As a matter of fact, the last performance we could find was about a year ago as part of the “Eventua” series at CCA.
But silent no more … or maybe still silent, since the troupe often offers wordless performances … Theater Grottesco returns April 18-19 with “Consider This…” at the Armory for the Arts in Santa Fe. Try not to be miffed that they actually premiered this piece last month in Albuquerque.
The group’s newsletter describes the piece as “a 60-minute romp through the prehistory of American theater, from Greek tragedy to commedia dell’arte, clown, buffoon, masks and more.” This irreverent group tells us they work collectively to create their own plays in a mish-mash of styles that is “distinctly unrealistic — and most often pushing into unknown territory.”
To explore that territory, you can get yourself a $10 ticket ($5 for students) by calling 474-8400 or going to www.theatergrottesco.org/shows . Shows are at 7:30 p.m. each night. Past experience suggests you might be puzzled, but rarely bored, by what this troupe concocts.