With Crime and Emergency two iconoclastic downtown performers threaten our Aristotelian/Stanislavskian conceptions of contemporary American theatre and identity as we safely understand it.
In other words, Mike Iveson, with his demonic arrangements of the indigenous music of their native New Jersey, joins Sybil Kempson in a rapturous and obsessive melodrama of consciousness. Together they distill this 11-person play into a desperate and harried duet (Kempson performs 10 out of 11 characters; Iveson performs the 11th and also underscores the entire evening with barely recognizable piano arrangements of early Bruce Springsteen songs.) Part cabaret fiasco, part aesthetic holocaust, their dual dueling performance pits them in a life-or-death struggle for the right to devour the soul of the play.
Please note that at the Late Shows, the part played by Ms. Kempson will be played by Mr. Iveson; and the part and piano played by Mr. Iveson will be played by Ms. Kempson.
This event takes place at PS122's Theatre Downstairs.