The Obie-winning ensemble Great Small Works presents A Mammal's Notebook: The Erik Satie Cabaret. The production utilizes Satie's drawings and his acerbic, prescient letters and speeches, as well as words others (including John Cage and Jean Cocteau) wrote about him. Great Small Works performers perform the variety of avant-garde and every-day characters inhabiting this turn-of-the-century urban world of new life and new art. The play is staged with a changing combination of dance, shadow theater, mask performance, film, bunraku puppetry and vaudeville performance forms. It is a variety spectacle about what it means to make music, art, and theater at the beginning of the last century, in a society marked by constant, destabilizing change. John Bell directs.
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