During the course of Radoslaw Rychcik's highly stylized 75-minute production, Anna Gorajska, Natalia Kalita, Tomasz Nosinski, and Tomasz Szuchart (who perform in tank tops and underwear) deliver not only the drastically pared-down script with intensity, they also execute Dominika Knapik's choreography and stylized movements with an emotional rawness and honesty that proves riveting.
Brecht's play focuses on Szlink (Szuchart), a wealthy man, who sets about to destroy Garga (Nosinski), a poor worker, and in the process, the two become inextricably locked -- both physically and psychically -- in a fight to the death. Along the way, Garga's irresolute and often dissolute girlfriend Jane (Gorajska) and his commanding yet demure sister Maria (Kalita) are drawn into the battle.
Ultimately, it's the moments when performers are not speaking but rather simply moving that Versus proves most successful. At the production's midpoint, Garga and Marie manage to find a moment alone together which begins with warmth, playfulness and genuine love. As the scene progresses and the performers loop through Knapik's choreography though, the encounter turns heated, argumentative, and truly sad. It's clear that the siblings' relationship has been effectively destroyed in the course of a few minutes.
-- Andy Propst