Blogologues: Younger than Springtime, now at the Players Theatre, is a surprisingly carefree romp through the world of the Internet. Indeed, since the content is largely inoffensive and accessible to most audiences, the result is an enjoyable, though not necessarily provocative, evening of theater.
The formula is simple: the six-person cast performs a series of blog posts pertaining to springtime, sometimes solo and sometimes as a chorus. We hear the spring break confessions of a sorority girl, a diatribe about the misery of allergies, and a meditation on the joys of outdoor sex, to name a few.
The show’s co-creators, Jen Jamula and Allison Goldberg, give the evening’s stand-out performances: Jamula is hysterical as a newsletter-penning, enema-promoting Gwyneth Paltrow, while Goldberg brings a unique voice and physicality to every role she assumes. Similarly, Wendy Joy has a demeanor that seems to be tailor-made for the type of snarky prose that proliferates on the web.
In between the longer segments, slides from damnyouautocorrect.com and overheardinnewyork.com are projected on the back wall. How do they get away with this without shelling out massive royalties to the original writers? As the pre-show announcement explains, “Bloggers don’t give a shit.”
Indeed, the genius of this show is that it draws from an endless and ever-expanding supply of quality writing, offered up completely for free to every person on the planet with an Internet connection.
As a result, there is a great potential for Goldberg and Jamula to delve into the truly eccentric material that roves the great digital frontier — a challenge I hope they take up for the next installment of Blogologues.